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The Vow (2012)
Goes beyond the visible
I am disappointed to find that this movie received very harsh feedback and the majority of online forums/publications/blogs anathematize it as a brainless chick-flick. This has actually turned into a trend recently - romantic dramas are very often thought to be crappy and cheesy just based on a general attitude towards the genre. One is tempted to make quite a few conclusions about social values, but this should not be the purpose here.
The Vow is very restrained when it comes to sugar-coating and makes an effort to stress on the greater theme of finding oneself. The actors played their parts well enough, the characters were charming and believable (although I have to admit that "the friends' group" was one- dimensional) and Jessica Lange was there to deliver a touch of greatness during her heroine's big moment. The funny lines were right in place to lighten up the mood without pushing it too far and the actors did not slip into overdoing it.
The story is inspired by true events, but this does not make it a documentary, so I think criticizers should cut some slack here - the melodramatic scenes are just the movie being true to its genre, but it also manages to bring up a lot of valid points. I was also very pleased that Paige's relationship with her sister was neither too cold, nor too affectionate but very realistic; also Jeremy - he could have made for a very boring and annoying plot line, but was actually quite believable, too. Overall this movie is as much about the love story as about the family story and the personal development story. So, basically, if you enjoy romantic movies but despise chick-flicks, this is one of few new titles to enjoy.