“The Vow” Eh—but Channing Tatum is Getting Better


In Theaters: February 10, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language)
Genres: Romance, Drama
Run Time: 1 hour 44 minutes

Director: Michael Sucsy (last directed Grey Gardens – which I did happen to Netflix and would give it a B+)

JJ Rating: B

Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams) are newlyweds who end up in a car accident and Paige forgets stuff. Like the fact she's married to Leo...The Vow.

7 Good Things About This Film

  1. Channing Tatum is the reason I saw this film because I like to see improvement. Tatum improves, for the most part, in his acting from film to film. I use to feel uncomfortable when he'd be on the screen because my embarrassment for his terrible acting. Now that's subsided. Mostly. Seeing the trailer for 21 Jump Street made me think he fell off the get-better-at-acting bandwagon. God that movie looks so awful.
  2. Rachel McAdams is good. She's good at being adorable and very good at being obnoxious. Which in this film, she was very obnoxious because it just felt like the character couldn't trust herself and her choices. She couldn't do some investigating.
  3. Tatum and McAdams have decent chemistry. It works.
  4. The storyline is not overly mushy and gooey. It's not chickflicky, either.
  5. I felt so bad for Leo. I didn't even think of him as Channing Tatum. I saw him as this guy who is madly in love with his wife who doesn't remember him. Which is why Tatum gets better with age...I guess? He has that unassuming charm about him that makes it appear as if he can't get angry, so when he does get angry it's affective. I really liked him in this film. I think this is his best acting job, yet.
  6. I didn't feel emotionally charged with sadness for their plight. I wanted them to get back together. I wanted it to work out, but there was no moment where I felt a lump in my throat or like I was going to lose it. I have lost a few tears for a few movies...but recently I can't think of any. Maybe I should make a list of films that I've cried while watching. Haha. The thought amuses me.
  7. There were a few touching moments. I can think that they existed, but at this moment I cannot get specific. Meaning I'll have to finish this thought...below.

4 Bad Things About This Film

  1. I can't remember the touching moments. I know there were some, but they have left my mind. It's been three days, I would remember them if they were good. And in this case they were not good enough.
  2. The annoying old haggy white laddies that sat behind me. I don't care if you think Scott Speedman is ugly. I do care that you sound like a smoking, nagging drunks. But that is, after all, my perception. And as we all know, that matters. A lot.
  3. It didn't make me feel emotional. I was all geared up and ready to be that.
  4. The most annoying thing about chickflicks (though this one isn't really that chickflicky) are the chicks in the audience. If men acted like that they'd be called pigs.

The Vow had a great trailer. The film was okay-okay. I'm not too excited to write this for how good or how terrible it was. It was just a decent film. Based on the release date, I guess that's a good thing that it wasn't awful. This is the season for awful films. There are a few saving graces out there, but no Avengers. Not yet. Oh, summer can't ye come faster? 

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