This weekend, I had the opportunity to go and see the new romantic drama, “The Vow,” staring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. This movie will be coming out a few days before Valentines Day.
But is that really where the love story ends? Is that all love is, just a nice feeling? What happens when the “Feeling” goes away? What happens when relationship is hard and can only survive if fought for?
The Vow seems to begin it’s love story where most end. It begins when love starts to be tested, but where I think, love becomes real. In this culture of immediate gratification and ‘Doing what we feel” I think we rarely get a realistic picture of what love is, what we want, right now, without making the choice to stick with something, no matter how what the cost.
We see every day on the tv and in Hollywood more splits between two people who promised to love each other forever. We see half of all marriages ending in divorce, and the sad thing is it’s becoming the norm.
That is why this movie was so refreshing to see and actually portrayed a realistic depiction of what a love story should. Not necessarily one involving memory loss, but still one in which love is not depicted as something that just comes easy, or free. We get to watch a man who, to save his marriage and keep the one he loves, has to fight.
I actually had the chance to sit down with a couple of the Actors from the film and talk with them about the message of the film. I asked Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum why they think marriage is of value and something worth fighting for.
A few seconds, Mr. Tatum expressed his regret and disappointment in the state that marriage and commitment is in today. He playfully expressed his hopes of this movie showing a realer love.
Then he said,
“I don’t think people go at it in the right way anymore, it’s such a culture about right now, you know? Things that are supposed to bring us together, just make us further apart.”
But what happens when it’s not easy anymore, or like Channing stated, when a child is thrown into the mix?
Do we and Will we have what it takes, to make, hold and fight for a lasting love?
“Understanding, and commitment” I concur.
So, I thoroughly enjoyed, and was ultimately inspired by the movie- to, be a person that seeks out real love not just the easy kind. Interestingly, I found out the film is based on a true story-
and it is about a Christian couple who dealt with a wife’s loss of five years of memory and the story that followed.
I would have enjoyed spiritual aspect to have played a bigger part in the film, but, all in all, I think the movie is a beautiful picture of what real love often times should look like, with a man fighting through it to keep his marriage and the one he loves.
So,take your significant other, to see an esthetically beautiful movie, with quality acting, and a moving message, for a romantic night of REAL love.