September 03, 2012

The Vow

The Vow was released earlier this year, and is still holding the record of having one of the best opening weekends this year. The film was based on the novel of Nicholas Sparks, a staple now in Hollywood. It was directed by Michael Sucsy, also oneof the writers of the movie. The movie starred Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange, Scott Speedman, Jessica McNamee, Tatiana Maslany, and a whole lot more. It was a very successful box office hit, earning almost 200 million dollars on a budget of 30 million. The critics was another story though.

The story was about a married couple who met a terrible accident leading the wife to lose her memory. It was a battle between staying what's familiar against venturing to something new, staying with the family she's familiar with, or to take a leap of faith and be with a man who claimed to be her husband. It showcased the difficulty in dealing with the loss of her memory, and the confusion that went along with it. It also showed how drastic the changes were, ranging from personality, to feelings and everything else in between.

It started with the accident before showing flashbacks of how the two used to be. It showed how they met, how they got together, how it all started. Then it resumes to follow the story after the accident, with the husband trying to recall the memories they used to have. There was a struggle about how to approach things, how to bring back the things things they once had. There  were arguments and bickering among the people involved, not only the couple but also the family of the wife.

The whole movie was melodramatic. Sure it had some quirky and funny moments, but as a whole, it was a dramatic narration of a tragic tale. It was a bit romantic, some would say, but for me, it was just a heartfelt drama. It was a bit weird seeing Channing Tatum in a dramatic role. Very far from G.I. Joe, or Tyler from Step Up, or any of his other characters. This was the first time I've seen him in a more serious role. Rachel McAdams was beautiful, and her performance was even more captivating. She was able to portray the loss, the fear, the suffering, and the happiness of taking a gamble with her husband. The two of them had an undeniable chemistry that made this movie all that more genuine.

The movie had a specific attack to the subject. It's even more compelling to find out that the story was based on a true story. How many details from the movie were actually real? We'd never know. But I'm sure they tried to keep the basic spirit of the story straight and true. I'm no romantic, but this story should give everyone hope, not just in love or marriage, but towards everything. Experiencing loss could open up various positive opportunities. There's a lesson to be learned from every loss, and every mistake. This movie captured that essence in a very serene manner, and it led to a well-inspired movie.

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