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