Feb 21, 2012

Tuesday Thoughts - The Vow

Two of the top movies this past week-end were Safe House and The Vow.  Although Safe House looked like a very exciting movie to watch, I convinced my hubby to go out with me to see The Vow as our post-Valentine's Day date movie.  Wanna know what we thought about it?

For starters, I brought a pack of tissues in the expectation that my hubby might need them - LOL! (After all, I did see his face getting with a few tears when we watched Nights in Rodanthe).

Well, we didn't end up using the tissues.  It wasn't as much of a tear-jerker as we thought it might be.  But that doesn't mean we were disappointed.  Heck no! The Vow was actually a really great movie with a very touching story.  It gets you thinking about how love can make you feel and how far you'll be willing to go to ensure the happiness of the person you love.  You'll wonder what you would do if you and your loved one ended up in the same situation - where some unfortunate accident causes the one you love to lose all memories of the love you both shared or who you are.

The concept of love in the movie also stretches beyond the couple without complicating the plot much.  It touches upon the kind of love that exists between friends, parents and children, siblings, and even an ex-lover.  I won't go into detail about it so I don't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet.

And while there are some similarities to Rachel McAdam's other movie (The Notebook) where she also loses her memory, this is not The Notebook and should not be compared to The Notebook.  I will honestly admit that I think The Notebook is by far the BEST love story ever written or portrayed on the big screen.  So it wouldn't be fair to compare anything else to it.  Everything will always be second-best to The Notebook.

I must say, though, that all the actors in The Vow played their roles very well, whether they played your average city person, upper class professional, or someone you just know is a plain old hypocrite.  Some roles were just minor parts that didn't require an Oscar-winning skill to do so I wouldn't really put much thought into their roles.  You'll know what I mean when you watch it.  One thing I noticed was that Channing Tatum did a lot better here than he did in Dear John, where I really wasn't too impressed with his acting skills.  In The Vow, he made his character believably likeable and admirable.

Definitely must give this films both thumbs up.  If you can't do the same, then you must have never fallen in love before and won't be able to appreciate the value of the love story in this movie. 

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