For those of you hoping that The Vow would be the next Notebook, you are bound to be severely disappointed. While the film was cute and enjoyable, the love story wasn't all that exceptional, and the ending left viewers longing for more. Sure there were tons of moments where Channing Tatum's character did something cute and romantic that left all the girls in the audience sighing and turning to their boyfriends to say "why don't you do something like that!" but overall the movie was missing some of the magic that ultimately made The Notebook so special to female audiences across the world.
Most of the time throughout the movie I found myself feeling sorry for Channing's character and wanting to hit Rachel McAdams across the head! While I can't even begin to understand how confusing it must be for someone to have lost their memories, her frustration and unwillingness to open up to her (hot) husband baffled me. As The Vow progressed though I had my fingers crossed that something exciting and epic would happen to bring them back together...but I was wrong. The ending was cute, and probably the most realistic, but as a romance movie I was hoping for something a little more dramatic that would have made me leave the theatre crying my eyes out.
While my review may seem entirely negative, that isn't to say that I didn't enjoy the movie! It was cute, romantic, and left me smiling, but I think I went in with expectations that were much too high. I wasn't the only one apparently, as I heard countless girls repeating the same thing as we walked out of the theatre, "It was good but not as good as I had wanted it to be." Overall my favourite part of the entire movie? Seeing a preview for Zac Efron's new movie The Lucky Ones. I was drooling after that trailer!
(bet you weren't expecting that after I tore the poor movie apart)
Ps. A word to the wise... Don't sit in the front row when you go to see The Vow! It really made my ro0mmate and I notice all the little imperfections in poor Channing Tatum. From now on I can't think of him without picturing how horrible his teeth look up close!