Rachel McAdams has been crowned the 'Rom-Com Queen' so she was really in her element in this movie. It was interesting to see her in a slightly more serious romantic setting, going back to what brought her to stardom in the world of romantic dramas, The Notebook. McAdams' performance in The Vow is incredibly real and moving, drawing the viewer in, making you sympathise with Paige's circumstances even more. You may possibly find yourself quite frustrated with her character at times, but this is just the film drawing you in, willing her to remember the past and her love for Leo.
I have quite mixed views about Channing Tatum. I'm still on the rocks about whether or not I think he's suited to playing serious roles as I commonly associate him with his role in She's The Man. I think that perhaps he could've done a better job, though Channing Tatum has always been good at acting awkward, and there's plenty of awkward in this film. Channing Tatum's character, Leo, is the character that really turns the water works on as ultimately it's him who has lost the love of his life and feels it the most. Whilst of course you feel sympathy towards Paige who is completely disorientated and forced to adapt to her new life, Leo is the one stuck with memories of the past that he cannot possibly erase.
It's not all doom and gloom though! There are some very funny moments in this film too as well as moments that make you want to cry happy tears. There is a good balance between sad and moving and the comical - though it isn't funny harhar - which is good because otherwise I would've no doubt transcended into a serious phase of depression.
Whilst Rotten Tomatoes only gave this film a rating of 28%, we all know film critics are made with hearts of lead so I'm not surprised. If you look at the ratings from ordinary viewers this film has been voted as 3.5/5 stars or higher which is much more positive and I think is a better representation of the reaction to this film. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone and everyone who needs a reminder that true love isn't easy. Prepare yourself for some heartbreaking scenes and bring a box of tissues and a shoulder to cry on.
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