• The Vow ~ Romantic Movie: A Wedding Blogger’s Review

    I’m quite the film buff and love nothing more than a wedding related film.*

    So when I saw a trailer for a new romantic drama called ‘The Vow’ I was rather excited

    Well, the universe must have realised just how excited I was (or saw my post) because recently I was invited to attend a screening of The Vow at the swanky Soho Hotel in London.

    The perks of staying up all night writing about weddings eh?!

    The Vow Movie | Channing Tatum kissing Rachel McAdams

    The story goes a little something like this…

    Record producer boy meets kooky, free spirited sculptor girl and they fall in love.

    They get married in a ‘hit and run’ ceremony at an art gallery. The girl wears blush pink. (Kudos!)

    Soon after their wedding, they are involved in a tragic car accident.

    Girl wakes up from a coma and she has no memory of the last 5 years of her life, including the boy.

    Her husband is a stranger to her but he tries his damned hardest to make her fall in love with him all over again.

    There are various obstacles in the way, including overbearing WASPy parents, a smarmy ex fiance (who the girl still thinks of as her current fiance!) a sister’s wedding to organise, and the fact that the girl of 5 years ago is very different to the girl the boy fell in love with.

    The Vow Wedding Scene | Rachel McAdams short pink wedding dress and veil

    Throughout the movie you can’t help but wonder:

    Will the boy ever win back his wife?

    Can Channing Tatum do a movie without taking his shirt off?

    And just how many romantic cliches can you squeeze into one movie?

    Well, you’ll just have to wait and see!

    The Vow movie Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum

    My Verdict:

    The Vow has all the ingredients for a full on, crying into your popcorn, tale of unconditional love and loss. Rachel McAdams of The Notebook (one of my all time favourite movies) fame alongside Channing Tatum of ‘Dear John’ (the newest member of my top romantic, chick flick films) make a very cute couple and the fact that it’s inspired by true events only adds to the ‘weepie’ factor.

    But despite all of that, I barely reached for the Kleenex. (Which is odd coming from the girl who tears up at pet rescue adverts). Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed The Vow ~ it was a sweet, tender movie with some genuinely romantic and funny moments. And I was rooting for Channing Tatum’s lovable, charming character (Leo) to win back his love throughout the whole movie. However, it just didn’t pull on my heart strings the way I expected it to and had more of a light, ‘rom-com’ feel to it.

    The Vow Movie | Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams first date

    photos courtesy of Sony Pictures

    Which is no bad thing. And perhaps why this movie is billed as the perfect Valentine’s day date movie ~ it’s not gut wrenching, tear jerking drama but it is a very sweet, entertaining movie. Who wants to be balling their eyes out on a date anyway? The Vow could just as easily make a fun ‘girly’ movie ~ Channing is quite the hottie, after all. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll love a bit of unashamedly cheesy romance!

    This movie scratches the surface of some very interesting questions surrounding marriage, identity and change ~ What would you do if you woke up to find your partner a stranger? How would you cope if your partner had no memory of your lives together? Is that old adage ‘better to have loved and lost than never loved at all’ really true?

    After watching the movie, I wanted to find out more about the real couple and the real story behind The Vow. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been for them to rebuild their relationship from scratch but they are proof that love conquers all. In his vows read during their second wedding, the real ‘boy’ said:

    Only one thing can surpass forever the painful events we have felt, and that is my love for you.

    Now that brought tears to my eyes.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on the film. Are you excited to see it? If you’ve already seen it, what did you think?

    *See my Top 10 Wedding Films of all time here.

  • http://www.bellenza.com/wedding-ideas/ Bellenzabistro

    Love that line from the “real boy’s” vows!

  • http://www.aphroditesweddingblog.com/ Emma – Aphrodites_wb

    I sooooo want to see this film!! But thought it would be a real weeper, so now I am not so sure!! I will report back on the tear situ once I have seen it :)

  • http://www.electrafilms.co.uk/ Karrie

    Will definitely give it a go. After watching the most boring film of all time – The Descendants with George Clooney and what was he thinking?? – would be good to see a decent movie!

  • Lisa

    I enjoyed it enough and thought that Rachel McAdams did a great job of rediscovering herself but Channing Tatum really didn’t convince me of his love for his wife…

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    My wife thinks this is the best movie she has seen in a long time.
    Really puts life back into perspective and how important is to cherish
    every moment you have to spend with your spouse. I didn’t mind it
    either!

  • http://www.aimeesboutique.co.uk/ Wedding Gifts

    Defeinetely worth a watch!  My girlfriend has seen it and highly recommends.

  • Bmcgehee

    I agree! I didn’t cry as much as I thought I would and teared up over “My name is Earl” today, and I cried for a whole day once after the Sara McGlaughlin dog commercial. When I read the story of the real couple I cried. I wish they would have ended the movie with a second wedding :)

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