Just in time for Valentine’s Day this Fri. Feb. 10, “The Vow”, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, enters theaters. Inspired by true events, “The Vow” follows the love story of Paige and Leo, a newlywed couple whose relationship is put to the test after an awful car accident that puts Paige into a coma. When Paige awakes her memory from the last 5 years is completely erased leaving Leo with the daunting task of trying to help her remember.
It is discovered that 5 years prior to the accident Paige was still close with her family, taking law classes and engaged to a man named Jeremy. The movie follows Paige’s struggle to piece together her past and fill in the gaps while Leo makes every last attempt to get her to fall in love with him again.
Walking into “The Vow” screening, I was expecting a movie similar to the likes of every Nicholas Sparks movie including “A Walk to Remember”, “The Notebook”, “The Last Song” and “Dear John”. I had my pack of Kleenex ready to go in my lap and expected the ultimate romantic film. Unfortunately, this movie was not at all what I expected.
I instantly felt for Tatum’s character of Leo watching the girl he loves practically vanish from his life and shortly after becoming frustrated with McAdam’s character, Paige, for not making any attempt to return to her routine and get her life back but running back to her past. My frustration continued until the last 10 minutes of the movie where things started to piece together ending rather abruptly and leaving me wanting more.
For college students on a budget, this is for sure a movie I would wait to rent when its out on DVD. It serves its purpose as a chick flick, but in my opinion is not worth the $10.50 per person you would be paying to see it this weekend. Instead might I suggest you put your money to a better use with these Cheap Valentine’s Day Date Ideas.
I give this movie a C+. After looking forward to seeing “The Vow” since the trailers first hit theaters last fall, I was slightly disappointed with the movie but still left feeling all warm inside, the kind of feeling I get when I see a good chick flick.