Friday, 22 February 2013

FILM: The Vow (6/10)

Why did I watch it?
A choice of the missus (I do like Rachel McAdams though).

What's it all about?

Looking for the defintion of a romantic film plot? This is it: based on true events, the lives of a happily married young couple (Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams) are changed forever when a car accident leaves the wife unable to remember the previous five years, during which they met, fell in love and were married. Sound like a Nicholas Sparks book? Surprisingly it isn't.

Should you watch it?

With worldwide box office takings of $196M (IMDB), it's safe to say that plenty of people chose to see The Vow. Romance films sell, and let's face it, women love Channing Tattum. I can't say that I have seen many true 'roms', most romantic films I watch have the obligatory 'com' attached. The Vow's script has some light-hearted moments, however it definitely can't be classed as a 'rom-com'.

McAdams brings her typical sweetness to the role and Tattum does his best, which might not uproot any trees in the acting world, but through his limited abilities, does bring a certain realness to his character.

The plot is inevitably quite predictable, however, the writers deserve credit for not following the stereotypical plot sequence all the way through to the end. When my missus exclaims in horror that "that's not how it's supposed to end!", you know the film has achieved something at least.

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