Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Vow review

If you read this blog, you probably noticed I don't really enjoy chick flicks.  But, I am a devoted husband and it WAS Valentine's Day.  So I did the honorable thing, and sucked it up for 2 hours.  The Vow stars Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams as a couple who's been married for a few years.  After a horrific accident, McAdams loses her memory of the past few years, forgetting Tatum's character completely.  The movie was directed by Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens).  Let's begin.

What I liked about the film:
The Story
The trailer sold us all on an amazing story about a man trying to make his wife fall in love with him all over again.  It's a pretty intriguing concept.  We've seen other movies (50 First Dates) take a comedic approach to this.  The Vow does it completely different.  It takes a real life approach to these extreme circumstances.  I especially liked the first act, where we learn how the two fall in love.  If only the final product matched the concept.

Channing Tatum
You read that right.  Tatum is phenomenal in this movie.  I've always been a fan of his genre films (G.I. Joe).  But Tatum can do so much more.  Films like A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Dilemma and 21 Jump Street show his range.  In The Vow, he plays a character who's frustrated, even angry at the way his wife is treating him.  He has to show compassion for her condition, while being totally frustrated with the way she's treating him.  Great performance.

What I didn't like about the film:
Rachel McAdams
She's just not up to par in this film.  Some of it has to do with the terrible writing in the film.  Her character is supposed to view Tatum as a stranger, not her husband.  But McAdams' character is so bad, we feel no remorse for her accident.  In fact, her character is so mean, so rude to Tatum, you wonder if she's even worth the trouble.  There are a few 'emotional' scenes where it feels like she's overacting.  McAdams is a great actress, she just didn't have anything to work with here.

The Script
How do you sell us with an amazing trailer and give us this final product?  The second and third act are almost unbearable if not for Tatum's performance.  The supporting cast are unlikable, stereotypes.  McAdams' parents are played by Jessica Lange and Sam Neill.  Both amazing actors who had NO business being in this movie.  They're so unlikable, you never feel for a moment their actions are in their daughters' best interest.  And the ending?  No spoiler here; but let's just say there's a lot of online chatter about how dumb, and unfulfilled it was.

The Verdict:
It's not a terrible movie, just a terribly dumb one
It's not the worst movie I've ever seen.  In fact, the aspects I've listed above, I enjoyed very much.  But overall, it's so weak.  The execution is so poor, it's faults are hard to ignore.  I would say pass on this and rent it next Valentine's Day, you wont feel so short changed that way.

1 comment:

michdog22 said...

lordy lord, you need to teach her what a quality chick flick is.

and i disagree with Tatum's performance in any movie, he's just 100% terrible.