Movie review: The Vow

Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams in a scene from the movie The Vow.
Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams in a scene from the movie The Vow. Contributed- Kerry Hayes, Sony Pictures publicity website

TAKE tissues. The Vow is beautiful but tragic.

One Day was my favourite romance for 2011 and, although I could be jumping the gun, I suspect nothing is going to beat The Vow for 2012.

Based on a true story about a couple torn apart by an accident, The Vow is an exquisite example of love prevailing against the odds.

The love story took more than $2.8 million in its first weekend after release and is perfect timing for the month of love.

It's not often we get to fall in love with the same person twice but Paige (Rachel McAdams) is endearing and charming as she tries to remember her husband Leo (Channing Tatum).

The last thing she remembers is being in law school, engaged to her former fiance Jeremy and living with her family.

The severe memory loss means she has no memory of moving to the city, going to arts school or marrying Leo.
Leo bends over backwards to help her remember without success.

It's when he tries to make her fall in love with him a second time that he sees signs of the Paige he fell in love with.

Costume, hair and make-up personnel did well with the subtle changes in her appearance as she finds her way back to her "new" life.

The movie is worth watching just for the shirt-off shot of Channing Tatum, though I had trouble seeing through my tears after a particularly brutal scene for my frail sensibilities just prior.

The scene near the lake when she asks him to warm her hands is heartbreakingly beautiful and an unforgettable "moment" in the film.

Leo narrates the movie, describing life as a series of moments defining who we are - unless we can no longer remember them.

It was great to see Jessica McNamee, Sammy from TV show Packed to the Rafters, in her first big screen role since moving to the United States to further her career.

Though her role as sister Gwen was limited, it was scary seeing her acting alongside McAdams.

I doubt I'm the only one who thought they looked scarily similar.

Sometimes Leo's romantic attempts to win back his wife are unrealistic but McAdams is perfect in her role, cautious but curious of the stranger she had once loved.

This is a movie that leaves you wanting more.

But, like many a good novel has done before, it is nice to let your own mind wander about how the story would unravel if longer.


  • Stars: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum
  • Director: Michael Sucsy
  • Rating: PG
  • Verdict: 3 out of 4 stars

Topics:  channing tatum movie review

WATCH: As Knitting Nannas arrest 'Kevin Hogan'

The Knitting Nannas at Kevin Hogan's office in Molesworth St and, below left, Knitting Nanna Dororthy Moller with an 'arrest warrant for Kevin Hogan.

Group storms office in brazen stunt

Guilty plea to hidden hydro weed operation

epa03462089 (FILE) A file photo dated 31 August 2010 shows a worker tending to cannabis plants at a growing facility for the Tikun Olam company near the northern Israeli town of Safed, Israel. Reports on 07 November 2012 state that Colorado and Washington became the first US states to legalize cannabis for recreational use, while medical marijuana initiatives were on the ballot in Massachusetts, Montana and Arkansas.  EPA/ABIR SULTAN ISRAEL OUT

Operation employed a gang of "trimmers" to cut and package cannabis

Insight into Lyme disease on SBS

Paralysis tick

Insight will look at the controversy over Lyme disease in Australia

Local Partners

Craft beer comes to Beef Town in new festival

TONY Hennessy explains how the Northern Rivers Craft Beer and Cider Festival came about.

The Living End are coming to Byron Bay

The Living End

The Living End are going on the road in 2017 for a regional tour

November will be a big month for NORPA

ARTS: NORPA has added new shows to the Dreamland season from November 23 to December 10.

Peter Garrett, Dreamland and the 2017 Season Launch, among others

The Superjesus: Back with Love and Violence

DOWN AGAIN: The Superjesus are Paul Berryman on drums, Sarah McLeod on lead vocals and Stuart Rudd on bass guitar.

The Superjesus are back after 13 years

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.