The Vow (12A)
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum
Friday 10 February 2012
Though it claims to be "inspired by true events", nothing much about this amnesiac romance is persuasive.
Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams play a cute couple livin' the boho dream in downtown Chicago; she's a funky sculptor, he's a budding Phil Spector (no, not in that way). Even their marriage vows are à la mode: "I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms," he declares at the ceremony. What is she, a shape-shifter? Blindsided in a car accident, she emerges from a coma dramatically changed: she remembers nothing about him or their life together. Into this seeming void step her parents (Jessica Lange and Sam Neill) and the businessman fiancé (Scott Speedman) she doesn't remember jilting. Can Tatum save the day by making his wife fall in love with him again? It's a question that carries less urgency than the film-makers intend, principally because one didn't greatly care for the couple even in their pre-accident days: Tatum's a bit of a plank at the best of times, and McAdams's reversion from kooky artist to sorority square has no emotional clout. Best forgotten.
Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beachart
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 2 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 3 Louis van Gaal gets tough with Manchester United players, with Darren Fletcher and Luke Shaw berated in public and Phil Jones left looking bemused
- 4 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 5 Peaches Geldof inquest: Tragic final moments of socialite's life reveal she "lied" to husband about failed drugs tests
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?
Fight Club 2: Chuck Palahniuk sequel is a 'meta-fictional comment on the cultural response to the original'
Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?
Star Wars 7: Plot details 'leak', with sequel's opening sequence and premise revealed
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains