Screening Room – THE VOW

(KTSF by Sean Au)

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. How about a love story that is inspired by true events?

One snowy night in Chicago, a young married couple have their car rear-ended. The wife, Paige (Rachel McAdams) suffers injury to the brain. After regaining consciousness, she has no memory of Leo (Channing Tatum), her husband of four years. Paige’s memory is stalled at the time when she was in high school. She cannot understand why she had given up law school and why she had called off the engagement to her old fiance, whom she had a crush on. Yet, Paige is not able to bring herself to live with her husband Leo, whom now seems like a stranger…. and there is the former fiance, who is now single and available. These challenges seem like battles confronting Leo. Will Paige ever regain her memory?

THE VOW is Hollywood’s Chick Flick offering just in time for Valentine’s Day. You can expect the movie with a love story at its core, often adapted from a Young Adult novel, targeting the female audience, maybe encouraging them to shed a tear a two. The story behind THE VOW is inspired by true life events, claims the movie. So it challenges the audience: Will your man be as patient and loving as Leo if a tragedy like this were to befall you?

Under the hands of some bolder and edgier directors, the story of a woman waking up from a coma to find herself having no memory of being married to a particular man can be the perfect ingredient for a psychological thriller. This Hollywood treatment sugar coats the story and even romanticizes about the re-creation of old memories.

One serious question it poses though is this: If you can make certain choices in life again, will you end up making the same ones that you have made the first time round? Or is everything somehow destined to happen?

This is the only romance film leading to Valentine’s Day. I have little doubt that the poster art of the beautiful stars of the movie would be enough to lure many couples into the theatre. It is actually not too bad a choice.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of Screen Gems.

(Copyright 2012 KTSF. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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