Excerpt: I’ll come out and say it – I’ve never seen a Nicholas Sparks movie. The Vow is the first one that I’ve sat down and watched and even then I really don’t know what I was thinking. Don’t let that influence the remainder of the review, however, it wasn’t bad.
Excerpt: If we’re about taking vows in the movie industry now, here’s DoBlu’s contribution: to never -ever- watch another Channing Tatum romantic anything again. It’s 50/50 on whether a movie where he blows things up will be considered. Look, Tatum has his charms.
Summary: I consider 'The Vow' the ' Happening ' of romantic films. Both have stories with great potential, but both take them down the most contrived and unsatisfying roads. Everything about them could have be done better. With 'The Vow,' the characters are bad, they lack motivations and rationale.
Conclusion: The Vow bests plenty of modern romance films unfunny and mushy, but not enough to qualify as an enjoyable time. It is hindered both by the confines of genre conventions and the dumb turns it must take for its story to work.
Excerpt: Memory is such a unique, personal and generally indescribable thing, but it also works marvelously onscreen-- from common flashbacks to hazy half-remembrances that float onscreen, memories can tell stories more powerfully onscreen than most straightforward narratives, and in more evocative,...
Excerpt: If you’re going to make an unapologetically cheesy romantic melodrama, why not cast Channing Tatum as the male lead? A former model, dancer, and stripper before he transitioned into acting, Tatum has the good looks and cut-granite physique of the sort of men encountered most often in daydreams, and...
Summary: Inspired by the case of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter (upgraded to Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams onscreen), "The Vow" reps that most welcome kind of Valentine's Day offering, focusing on the feelings that bring couples closer.