“The Vow” had so much more potential

Samantha Godding, Editor-in-Chief

 Note: Contains Spoilers

The Vow had so much more potential.

As I sat in my chair intently watching the movie screen and watching the two characters walk away, I said, “If it ends now I will be so mad.” As if the movie was on cue, the screen went black shortly after I made that statement to my friend.

Not only did producers have two of the hottest stars in Hollywood, Channing Tatum (he’s the ideal man: beautiful, ripped, and talented) and Rachel McAdams (she should be envied by girls for her beauty and role in The Notebook), but they had a great story that failed to come together at the end.

The Vow which is based on a true story, is about a fiercely-in-love married couple, Leo (Tatum) and Paige (McAdams) who make love appear magical, real and everlasting to us believers.

Sadly, their relationship doesn’t have a fairytale ending. On a typical snowy night, Leo and Paige are stopped at a stop sign. Paige unbuckles her seatbelt and kisses Leo, but as they kiss a truck smashes into their car causing it to go forward and hit a telephone pole. Paige ends up going through the windshield and landing on top of the cars hood.

Both of them are rushed into the hospital. Leo comes out with only a few scratches and bruises (thankfully nothing to permantely ruin his hotness) but Paige is put into a coma as her brain reduces the swelling. The doctor assures Leo that she will be fine, but upon opening her eyes for the first time she looks at her husband and says, “Doctor.”

We find out that Paige is suffering from memory loss and the last thing she remembers is being engaged to Jeremy…

After losing her memory, Paige moves back in with her parents, which was a stupid part in the plot because it took away from her and Leo and put the focus on her family’s life. It was boring and dragged on and on. When as a viewer all I wanted to see was if she was falling in love with her husband again or if she would regain her memory, I didn’t want to watch her sister’s wedding or see her fight with her parents constantly.

On top of all the unnecessary family time, Paige’s dad tells Leo to divorce his daughter. So not only has he already lost his wife but her family is pushing him as far away as possible. And Paige doesn’t even seem to care; she makes out with her ex-fiancee Jeremy and it seems as if she doesn’t want her old life back.

This is not a good part of this romantic plot, because in all the flashbacks (when she remembered her husband) she seems beyond happy and has a glow to her. She and Leo seem like the ideal married couple. So why is she afraid to go back to her old life?

So as Leo puts in 110 percent to get his wife back, we barely get to see it because the hard-work and determination is masked by her family drama.

Directors spent to much time dwelling on Paige’s past before Leo and in my opinion that ruined the movie. The movie was supposed to be about a husband trying to get his wife to remember, but as viewers we get to see her family life more than we see her and Leo.

And the icing on the cake…is the ending. Which could have been 100 times better! The movie literally just ended and left me with a thousand questions: does Paige regain her memory? Do her and Leo end up falling back in love? Or do they give up on each other? Well, I will never know the answer because upon the movie’s end none of these questions were answered.

I would advise that you be the judge of The Vow and maybe you will like the ending, but in my eyes with stars as good as Tatum and McAdams and a tear-jerking plot, it could have been a whole lot better.