February 17, 2012 • Laurissa Marcotte, Staff Reporter
Filed under Movie/Book Reviews
We all forget things from time to time—our keys, our phone, our homework. But what would you do if you forgot an entire section of your life?
The Vow is a classic romance about a woman, Paige, and her journey to rediscover herself. After a traumatic head injury from a car accident, Paige finds herself unable to remember the past few years of her life—including her recent marriage to her husband, Leo. Both Paige and Leo are faced with an uphill battle as they try to work through Paige’s amnesia.
I’d probably rate The Vow as a 6 out of 10. The movie had a lot of good highlights—Rachel McAdams was a great leading lady, and the director did an awesome job of connecting to the audience. I could almost feel Leo’s heartache as he lived his life knowing his wife didn’t even remember him or his love for her.
That being said, I thought the film was rather cliché. I found myself saying “Oh, of course” after every turn of the plot, and I felt like the characters were rather one-dimensional. I was reminded a lot of The Time Traveler’s Wife (another McAdams film)—good story, but not enough character development or deep thinking involved.
Maybe that’s just how romantic dramas are supposed to be. Everyone wants to see a good, old-fashioned movie about clichéd perceptions of romantic love. But in terms of depth and originality, which is mainly what I look for in movies, The Vow just didn’t make the cut.