Posted June 13, 2012on:
This made my list of favorite romantic movies ever.
It’s about this married couple Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) who end up in a car accident one night while leaving the movie theater. Paige didn’t have her seatbelt on and she crashed through the windshield. Both of them are rushed to the hospital. When Paige wakes up she doesn’t know who Leo is, having lost her memory of the last few years.
Paige’s parents show up, Bill (Sam Neill) and Rita Thornton (Jessica Lange), when found out what happened and they come to take her home. This is the first time Leo has met Paige’s parents. Paige is confused about a lot of things. Like, why she left law school, why she broke off her engagement with her previous finance, Jeremy (Scott Speedman), and why she didn’t keep in touch with her family. After some thinking Paige decides to go with Leo to see if she can regain her lost memory.
The thing I like most about this movie was that it was based off true events. Kris and Krickitt Carpenter, wrote a book about their marriage, also called The Vow. Ten weeks after their wedding they got into a car accident, where Krickitt suffered brain trauma, which erased her memories of Kris and their marriage. Kris still loved his wife, but Krickitt saw him as a stranger after the accident. Krickitt didn’t get her memories back but they’re still married and have two kids. That’s love right there.
I felt bad for Leo. I know he was trying to help Paige remember but he was trying too hard. You can’t shove all this information down her throat and expect everything to be okay. This kind of thing takes time.
At least Leo didn’t manipulate Paige into being with him. When you find why Paige alienated herself from her family all those years, you can’t help but be disgusted by their actions. They were trying to turn her into the Paige they remember, not the Paige now. I think it’s unbelievable they had to wait for their daugther to be in a car accident for them to reconcile with her, when they could have done it at any time. But they started to accept the real Paige when she decides to drop out of law school and start studying art again.
I love seeing the flashbacks, where it showed how Leo and Paige start met and how they fell in love. My favorite scene was when they exchanged wedding vows.
Paige: “I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.”
Leo: “I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love.”
A lot of people didn’t like the ending, but I thought it was good. The ending was more reality and not chessy, where they have the man and woman run toward each other in the snow, and have them kiss and all of a sudden she remembers everything and then they kiss some more and play some love song in the background while it fades to black and they roll the credits.
I would like to remind people that both the film and the book are based off true events! This isn’t 50 First Dates, where Adam Sandler tries to make Drew Barrymore fall in love with him everyday in a weird comical way.
I like the part when Leo said that life is all about moments of impact and how they change our lives forever. That is so true. I think love is the biggest impact of them all, it hits you without warning.