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March 9, 2012

Mush hour

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 7:04 am

March 09, 2012

Cast: Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, Sam Neil, Jessica Lange, Scott Speedman

Director: Michael Sucsy

The Vow, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, is the kind of mushy movie that’ll appeal to anyone who still gets teary-eyed watching The Notebook for the third time.

Tatum and McAdams play a bohemian young married couple, who get into an accident on a snowy Chicago night. He’s all right, but she wakes up from a coma with the last five years wiped clean from her memory, and with no recognition of the stranger in front of her who says he’s her husband. It’s up to him now to win her love all over again, and to get her to choose the life they had together, instead of gravitating back to the past that she’d abandoned…including her snotty, controlling parents, a smarmy fiancé, and a boring career in law.

Tatum and McAdams have a comfortable chemistry, but the romantic scenarios in the film range from occasionally endearing to nauseatingly schmaltzy. In one flashback scene, he asks her to move in with him by spelling it out with blueberries on a breakfast plate. In another scene, a visibly unwell McAdams opens a gift box containing cute recovery items that he’s sent her, while Tatum stands outside in the pouring rain.

Although it packs in all the usual trademarks of a sappy Nicholas Sparks-style adaptation, The Vow claims to be based on a true story. And those are always the ones you least believe. Not because the premise seems implausible… No! Because by the time it’s been Hollywood-ised and sent through the studio machinery, it comes out looking like any other gooey rom-com intended to melt the hearts of its 16-year-old female demographic.

I’m going with a generous two out of five for The Vow. Chicks will dig Tatum as the beefcake with a soft, sensitive heart. Just don’t expect anything more.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. I din’t like the movie at all !

    Comment by Tushar Acharya — March 10, 2012 @ 11:15 am

  2. I don’t agree with the review.all movies can’t be judged on the novelty of their ideas.the greatest of the movies never had the most different stories but the the most different presentation.who expects a surprise in a romance?you watch a thriller for it. You watch a love story to be moved and this one surely moves u.the vow just felt right all through,I want bored for a scene,found the tempo cool enough,they haven’t manipulated you to cry for the male protagonist but the movie forces you to hope the best for him.and yes,if notebook can make some1 cry the third time that necessarily doesn’t mean that the some1 is emotionally volatile,it may also be the might of notebook as a movie.

    Comment by Rishabh — March 11, 2012 @ 2:19 am

  3. @Rishabh: Very good comments on the movie. Yes, Rajiv doe not have liking for “Notebook” kind of movies. Lets move on.Lets pretend he dint exist.

    Comment by GuruRaj — March 13, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

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