The new romance film "The Vow" suggests love means never having to say you can't remember your spouse's name. The film, loosely based on a true story, follows the life of a woman who comes out of a coma with no recollection of her married life.
"The Vow" has three things going for it: likable starring actors, a director who knows how to stay away from saccharine-sweet sentimentality and a compelling story.
"The Vow's" biggest assets are Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. She has the kind of angelic face and sweet personality that makes it easy to fall in love with her. Tatum brings both a rough physicality and surprising vulnerability to the role. They make it easy to root for this couple to stay together.
Michael Sucsy uses an even hand in directing the romantic elements. He doesn't push the romance with overly orchestrated music or fancy filmwork. He's confident enough in his direction to allow scenes to play out at a pace that gives the audience time to get to know these people.
He even manages to stage the car crash sequence, which sets the story in motion, in a poetic manner rather than go for the shock value. There are a few romance-film mainstays in the film, but generally it has a fresh, sweet tone.