8:00 PM, 7th June, 2012
** DUE TO PRINT-RELATED ISSUES, THIS FILM WAS POSTPONED FROM ITS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED SCREENING ON SATURDAY 19 MAY AND WILL NOW BE SCREENED AT THIS NEW DATE AND TIME **
It may come as a great surprise to aficionados of the tear-jerking romance genre (and anyone who has seen the trailer) that The Vow is not based on a Nicolas Sparks novel. I mean, yes, it stars the bubbly, adorable Rachel McAdams (The Time Traveller's Wife, Mean Girls and the ultimate chick flick The Notebook - one of Sparks's works) opposite the charming, strong-jawed and regularly shirtless Channing Tatum (star of such classics as Step-Up, GI Joe and, most importantly, Dear John - Sparks again). Yes, it is filled with lingering looks, heart-warming moments, desperate chases and declarations of love in the rain.
But this (very loosely based on a) true story of Paige (McAdams), who loses her memory in a car crash, and Leo (Tatum), her husband who has to struggle to remind her what they once had, is an all-new love story from the writers of Never Been Kissed, Valentine's Day and He's Just Not That Into You. Like 50 First Dates only with 100% less Rob Schneider, The Vow follows Leo's attempts to recreate his courtship of Paige, whose damaged memory has reverted back several years to before they met, when she was engaged to marry another.
With appearances by Sam Neill and Jessica Lange and a soundtrack pulled straight from a love song dedications playlist, this is a film that asks the question: "can a once in a lifetime love find a second chance?"
And it has nothing to do with Nicolas Sparks.