THE VOW (Sony, 2012) D: Michael Sucsy, w/ Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum. Rating: NN; DVD package: NN Rating: NN
Every romance needs a way to keep its lovers apart, and The Vow has a good one: amnesia. Where it falls down is in the getting-them-together part, which is undramatic, more tell than show, and triggered by an out-of-character rejection.
Happily married Paige and Leo (Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum) are involved in an accident that wipes out the last five years of her memory. She doesn't recognize her husband, and her conservative, over-controlling parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) like it that way. So does her ex-fiancé (Scott Speedman).
McAdams and Tatum are playful and affectionate together, but there's something about his face from certain angles that suggests he'd be perfectly cast as a psycho farm boy.
Along with the usual insights and production stories, director Michael Sucsy spends commentary time discussing McAdams's wigs as character indicators. I wish he'd spent time on Speedman's hair. It looks like a porcupine died on his head.
EXTRAS Commentary, gag reel, deleted scenes. English, French, Spanish audio. English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean subtitles.