Review: ‘Vow’ to see 2012’s newest love story

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Photo by 2011 Kerry Hayes/Sony Pictures

Rachel McAdams (left) and Channing Tatum (right) star in 'The Vow.' It opened at the Ka'ahumanu 6 Consolidated Theaters on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.

By Kiana Kamalu, op-ed editor

February’s newest movie The Vow opened in theaters on Feb. 10, and crowds of couples filed into the theater to see this year’s inspiring love story.

Inspired by a true story, The Vow is a heart-wrenching romance about a couple, Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum), who experience great tragedy after Paige loses her memory in a car crash and doesn’t know who her husband is. Leo must make Paige fall in love with him again before he loses her forever.

McAdams’ and Tatum’s performances were truly magnificent on the big screen. The two obviously worked hard to become their characters because the passion they have for each other on the screen feels too real to be scripted.

Of course, this is not McAdams’s first time with such a role with previous movies like The Notebook and The Time Traveler’s Wife. Her experience with such roles comes across on-screen and makes for an excellent movie.

And Tatum’s performance has women all over America at the edge of their seats as the devoted but forgotten husband who tries to rekindle the spark between the tragic couple. Tatum not only brings passion to the story, but also comic relief for those tension-filled moments.

Overall, I found the film cute, charming and quite moving to say the least. It transitioned at a good pace and always kept me wondering what would happen next, especially when it came to finding out if Paige would ever get her memory back. There was also quite a bit of humor in the film to enjoy.  It is not the tear-jerker as some might expect, but The Vow is nothing short of a true love story.

The Vow is by far one of the best love stories the theaters have seen since 2011’s The Adjustment Bureau and Something Borrowed, and I give it four and a half stars out of five. I encourage audiences of all types to see this movie at least once this year, and Valentine’s Day may be the perfect day to go see it with someone you love.

The Vow is now playing at the Ka’ahumanu 6 Consolidated Theaters and Kukui Mall Consolidated Theaters.