Easy to forget yourself
THE VOW (M)
Director: Michael Sucsy ( feature debut) Stars: Channing Tatum, Rachel Mcadams, Jessica Lange, Sam Neill, Jessica Mcnamee Forgetting away with it The SBIGBOG force is strong with this one. ( SBIGBOG? So Bad It’s Good, Bordering On Great) SERIOUSLY, this kooky romantic drama has a happy knack of wrong- footing viewers the right way, time and time again.
There are some scenes where it is miraculous that the cast were able to remain upright, what with the huge nuggets of guilty- pleasure gold unceremoniously littered everywhere.
You just haven’t lived ( or laughed uncontrollably to yourself) until you’ve seen Channing Tatum playing a too- cool- forschool record producer – I could stop right there, couldn’t I? – unsticking the minds of stuck- up snobs by raving about Radiohead and Elvis’s original bass player.
But we are not here to marvel at the healing powers of having good taste in music. No, we are here to be reminded of how much fun any movie with amnesia in it can be. You know, in case we suddenly forgot. ( Sorry, but accuracy or sensitivity towards the actual nature of this very real condition is not a strong suit of The Vow.)
Reputedly based on a true story, the piffle- perfect premise of The Vow pitches Rachel Mcadams as Paige, a funky sculptor who copped a knock to the noggin’ while snoggin’ her spouse.
In a parked car. In the snow. By a garbage truck with bad brakes.
But the accident is not as important as the aftermath.
Once she awakes in hospital, Paige no longer recognises her hunky, mixing- desk maestro of a hubby, Leo ( Tatum).
While she reverts to an earlier phase of her life as a straitlaced law student, Leo has no choice but to fret about how to re- write a marriage that could already be history.
Lunk- headed Leo calls on every shred of evidence he can to jump- start Paige’s memory, but nothing – and I mean, nothing – rings a bell.
Love letters? Nope. Sexy voicemails? Nada. Intimate knowledge of her favourite foods, bands and clothes? Nyet.
Surely the wedding video would do the trick, I hear you cry? After all, they got married in an art gallery in front of a gaggle of ironically admiring hipsters? Nope.
It gets worse for Leo once Paige’s former fiance ( Scott Speedman) and her pushy posh parents ( Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) enter the picture.
And it is here I can assure you the fun is only just getting started.
Definitely one for avid chick- flickers and, of course, the SBIGBOG crowd.