MOVIE REVIEW: Amnesia puts twist on romance in ‘The Vow’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

Sailing through a car window head-first has serious effects for Paige in “The Vow.”
The injury causes Paige (Rachel McAdams) to forget the past five years. She doesn’t remember meeting Leo (Channing Tatum), and certainly doesn’t recall marrying him.
Five years ago, Paige was in law school and was engaged to Jeremy (Scott Speedman). She also had a happy relationship with her parents, Bill (Sam Neil) and Rita (Jessica Lange). Early on, we learn Paige was estranged from those three, but now all is forgiven because all is forgotten.
Leo has a fierce love for Paige, and keeps trying to immerse her in the life she had before the accident in hopes of reviving her memory. This tactic backfires, and both Leo and Paige find themselves hurt and angry.
There are lighter moments in “The Vow,” though it’s more of a romantic dramedy than a romantic comedy.
The amnesia angle and the frustration it causes push this movie forward. The central question of all romances is, “Will they get together?” But “The Vow” also makes us wonder if Paige will ever get those missing years back. If not, what does that mean to her marriage to Leo?
The movie is told through Leo’s perspective, and you can’t help but pull for him. He’s an honorable man, but there’s no guarantee he can convince his wife to love him again. She’s clearly “still” smitten with Jeremy.
“The Vow” is set in Chicago, and it’s almost like another character. The filmmakers use the city to contrast Leo and Paige’s Bohemian lifestyle with Paige’s privileged upbringing.
“The Vow” has a lot going for it, and I was surprisingly entertained. I give it a B. Valentine’s Day is over, but there are worse romantic movies that a guy could take his sweetheart to see.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Kelli Karlson Wizard 106.7. She gives “The Vow” an A. “Go see it. Couples should see it. It’s not painful for guys.”