It is obvious to anyone that is not a moron that Tatum has urine poor verbal and reading skills. His powers of elocution are pathetic. This is not surprising considering he earned his comeuppance as a male dancer (pssst, stripper!). Somehow, defying all logic and reason, with each successive performance Tatum is improving. Hell, he is almost becoming endurable. Though as a member of the straight male audience it is hard to look beyond his glaring faults, I admire that he appears to be trying hard to get better and to make a name for himself in the movie business. He has the look (unfortunately that is really all it takes in the age of Facebook and Twizzler, I mean Twitter) but in most pictures seems to possess very little substance.
Rachel McAdams is a stunningly beautiful woman. For someone that has relied on signature chick flicks as she obviously has, it is surprising how fresh and unique she remains. McAdams hasn't lost a step and she is as fascinating and as entertaining in chick flick #8 (conjecture) as she was in The Notebook all those years ago (2004). On a tangent, isn't is amazing how long ago 2004 seems to be? In less than a decade the entire world has changed dramatically. Back to surreality. The best part about young Mrs. McAdams is that she gives polish to her male costars. She makes them compelling and desirable in a way that no other actress is capable of doing. Most actresses are more concerned with how their boobs bounce or how well their sarcasm is conveyed. McAdams prefers to submerse herself in the art of acting each and every time.
At first McAdams and Tatum appear to have no chemistry, which is ironic considering that in character they are supposedly madly in love and then once a rapport is developed they are allegedly complete strangers. Anyone could tear a gaping hole in any part of the plot, but this is not supposed to be an intellectual showcase, it is a Valentine's day centered romance film about love that is won and lost in the twists and turns of time and space. There I go sounding like a pompous historian discussing grids and time and space oriented prisms.
Overall, The Vow is a great movie to watch with your partner (whomever he or she may be). Hold their hand, kiss them on the cheek, or whisper a sweet nothing once you have popped a breath mint into that saliva-doused mouth. If I could be serious for a moment, I pray that Channing Tatum will never show his bare naked ass again on camera. It might have been cool at the strip club but on a movie screen it is really kind a sickening. Sure, 25% of the audience wants to squeeze his rump, but for this reviewer I say spare me the pump. McAdams however should have gone with her birthday suit, not her Vicky S. collection, I'm just saying! This picture has a surprise ending that nobody wants but it will make everyone happy regardless. The Vow is not a classic but it is jolly good fun and it delivers results.
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