The Vow–Movie Review

I liked the premise of The Vow. A tragic car accident strips a woman of her memories of her entire life with her husband. He has to try to make her fall in love with him all over again.

However, with the past 5 years erased, she bonds with her long estranged family and reconnects with her life before him.

Channing Tatum did an amazing job portraying the frustration of a husband who remembers every moment of his life with the woman he loves, but is a complete stranger to her.

The movie was told mostly from his POV and maybe that’s why I found the wife utterly unlikeable. He was so giving and he tried so hard. And she never appreciated it.

She came off as a selfish creature with no redeeming qualities. I wanted to see what her husband saw in her, but I didn’t. She acted like a spoilt brat from the moment she woke up in the hospital until the credits ran.

This is not Rachel McAdams’ fault. She did a good job with this role.

Frankly, I was rooting for the husband to divorce her ass and find someone who could love him back because he deserved that.

I didn’t shed a tear the entire movie.

I was too busy being pissed off at this stupid wife who only thought of her feelings the entire time. She squandered his love. I wanted him to run off with his partner in the recording studio.

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22 Responses to The Vow–Movie Review

  1. Oh no, I liked the look of this from the trailor as I love a good soppy film and I usually like Rachel’s roles.

    • You could always give it a shot, you might like it. Or see it differently than I did. I think they dropped the ball in portraying her side and making her sympathetic. I enjoy a good lovestory and Rachel is usually so endearing. But this fell flat with me.

  2. Laura says:

    Wow how could someone NOT want to be with Channing Tatum!? Hehe

  3. Cat Forsley says:

    WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!! Hello MISS KOURTNEY ๐Ÿ™‚
    I haven’t seen it yet ———
    I DIDN’T WANT TO ANYWAY ———– ๐Ÿ™‚ AND NOW …..
    NO THANKS ๐Ÿ™‚
    YOU WRITE SO WELL ————-
    DID YOU SEE “BLUE VALENTINE ” ………
    NOW THAT WAS GOOD ……….
    THIS ONE JUST SEEMS LIKE “THE NOTEBOOK ” JUST UPDATED —– U KNOW ?
    ANYWAYS – YOU SHOULD WRITE A COLUMN FOR A MAGAZINE FOR MOVIES AND BOOKS —– YOUR REVIEWS ARE GOOOOOOOD ——-
    AND RAW …….
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    MUCH LOVE XX C

    • I haven’t seen Blue Valentine. This was way way worse than The Notebook. In The Notebook, both characters were likeable and you wanted them to find a way to be together. This one. After the first hour, I wanted him to leave her and never look back. Ever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks. This movie annoyed me. I hate spending 6 hours to not be properly entertained. Maybe I shouldn’t have seen it after The Descendants.

      • Cat Forsley says:

        YOU WILL LOVE BLUE VALENTINE ———
        HOLY ACTING —– RYAN————— OMG ……..
        I HAVE THE MOVIE POSTER ON MY WALL ——–
        SAD TRAGIC BUT BEAUTIFUL ……
        I THINK THEY ARE ALL TRYING TO MAKE THESE BIG “NOTEBOOK” STYLE MOVIES NOW -=====
        “ONE DAY ” UMMMM. WHAT ELSE ……. SO MANY OF THEM ……

        “BEGINNERS ” I THINK YOU MAY LIKE AS WELL —–
        I AM ALL ABOUT THE QUIRKY LOVE FILMS AS OPPOSED TO THE BIG LOVE DRAMAS THAT JUST ARE BOX OFFICE MOOLAH ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL
        SERIOUSLY –
        WHEN I GO TO A MOVIE – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FEEL – THE VIBE -=== AND THE MUSIC OF COURSE ——
        RYAN GOSLING – WELL ——— I MAY NOT HAVE GOOD EYES – BUT —– SERIOUSLY —- HE IS SOOOOOOOO DRAMATIC WITH HIS EYES – HE IS ACTING WITH HIS EYES……
        I FEEL LIKE I AM HAVING A ONE ON ONE CONVERSATION WITH YOU !!!!!! LOL ๐Ÿ™‚
        LOVE IT ……
        U ARE SOO MUCH FUN ๐Ÿ™‚
        AND SO INSIGHTFUL ๐Ÿ™‚
        XX

        • I’ll put it on my to-rent list. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ryan Gosling is a dream to watch. I love him. I prefer a realistic gritty love story where both people screw up. But really love each other. Or even fall out of love. Those are gripping to watch.

          I want to be captivated and sucked into a story. I don’t want to look at my watch or be figuring out why I’m bored.

          Seriously it is like we’re chatting. ๐Ÿ™‚
          And it’s fun!

          You have so many deep chord striking thoughts.

          Have a terrific day,
          Kourtney

    • I haven’t seen Blue Valentine. This was way way worse than The Notebook. In The Notebook, both characters were likeable and you wanted them to find a way to be together. This one. After the first hour, I wanted him to leave her and never look back. Ever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks. This movie annoyed me. I hate spending 6 hours to not be properly entertained. Maybe I shouldn’t have seen it after The Descendants.

  4. jmmcdowell says:

    I’ll pass. If anything like that ever happened to me, I hope I’d still have the ability to empathize with my husband and his feelings!

    • I kept waiting for that moment where she showed us how much pain she was in and made herself likeable. It didn’t come. Then I waited for her to snap out of herself long enough to see how much she was harming him. It didn’t come. So I walked out of there feeling cheated by the story.

  5. You pointed out one thing I find most frustrating about many romantic movies. I could see the man fighting for her, as unlikable as she seems, for a while, but for the whole movie? Blech. I knew there wasn’t a reason it’s not been on my to-watch list. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • It’s funny because I got more and more annoyed as I watched and then as my friend and I left I blurted out, “They never gave us a reason to like her. Ever.” He was the protagonist but she started to be the antagonist. My friend laughed and agreed.

  6. crubin says:

    Given I’m not a fan of romance movies, I was not planning to see “The Vow”, so it appears my decision is sound. Nothing against them; just not my thing. I prefer comedy or action. I recently saw “Wanderlust”. Paul Rudd had me laughing so hard, I achieved a full ab workout!

    I love the variety of your posts–from writing tips, to movie reviews, to book reviews. Thank you!

    • Carrie, I like a really moving lovestory, but those are too far and few between. Very good call on skipping The Vow. ๐Ÿ™‚ Comedy and action are great too. I was on the fence on Wanderlust. Since you have such a terrific sense of humor (which comes through in every blog post), I’ll definitely rethink that. I love Paul Rudd. That’s a ringing endorsement a full ab workout.

      Thanks. I try to write posts that might interest writers as well as future book readers. My mom dislikes the writing posts and says they turn her off as a non-writer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. It's the little things that make life great.berry says:

    Didn’t want to see this. Poor ratings. glad I opted out.

    • I was hesitant to go. But I liked the premise a lot. Ratings have steered me wrong before so I wanted to give it a chance. I learn more from movies I don’t like than from the ones I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. sweetmother says:

    omg, that’s really funny. and sounds sooooo true. i nominated you today for that awesome blog content award thingy. the deets are over at my blog on the blog awards page. if you want it, it’s yours. if not, no harm, no foul. – sweet mother

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