You don’t have to have known me very long to know that I love Disney. I was born and raised on the box-office busting animated films of the late 80s and early 90s and have been to Disney World more times than you have fingers. We can say all we want about corporate greed and the waist size of princesses and consumerism and so on, but there’s one fact that remains true.
Warning: This post contains spoilers about The Hunger Games books and movies. Don’t read if you don’t want to know.
I love a movie that, the minute the credits start rolling, you want to watch again. You want to disappear back into that world. For me, that’s how The Hunger Games was.
Not that I should have been surprised. The books were the same way.
From the first time I saw the preview last fall, I knew I was going to be in the theater when The Vow came out. It has everything that interests me in a movie: a love story, a good looking guy, a loveable girl. It’s a typical, yet enjoyable, chick flick romance.
Which is why, after seeing it tonight, I’m okay saying that there was nothing spectacular about the film.
Did I like it? Absolutely. Do I think you should go see it? Most definitely. Why, though – you’re asking yourself – if it’s so ordinary? I’ll tell you.
Because it has that thing I think every really truly great romance film should have – that ounce of reality that takes it from fiction-filled, never really going to happen fantasy and steps it up to something that makes you reflect on your own relationship(s).
You may or may not know that the film is actually based on real events. For one couple, an accident took away the wife’s memory. They’re still together today with two children, but she never regained her memory and had to learn to re-love her husband. What strikes me and moves me so much is this:
What if the person I loved more than anyone suddenly couldn’t remember me?
It’s that thought that brings me to tears. It’s that small ounce of reality – something that could potentially happen – that makes all the difference in this movie. It’s the same thing that makes the difference in my other favorite Rachel McAdams film, The Notebook. It’s not the handsome men or the beat-the-odds love story. It’s the portrayal of something that hits close to home that really takes a film to the next level.
OVERALL: The Vow is not an extraordinary love story. But it’s a real love story. And that’s what makes all the difference.
I’m going to admit it: I wasn’t born when the first Back to the Future film came out. But that doesn’t mean trilogy continues to be one of my favorites of all time! I just don’t think there’s any way you can go wrong with time travel, Michael J. Fox, hoverboards, Huey Lewis and the News, Doc and a preview of what 2015 is going to look like (those flying cars better get previewing at auto shows if everyone’s supposed to have one in three years!).