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The Vow: Not exactly what Hollywood says

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“You accepted me for who I am,
not for who you wanted me to be.”
The Vow, 2012

On its opening weekend, Sony Picture’s The Vow brought in a whopping $41 million, plus an extra $10 million on Valentine’s Day alone.  The film is said to be based on a true story, but do you ever wonder what the true story really is?

Starring Dear John’s Channing Tatum, and The Notebook’s Rachel McAdams, The Vow is a romantic story about a married couple who goes through a major hurdle in their married life. Early in their marriage Paige (McAdams) suffers a major head injury after a car accident. The result of her injury is memory loss of the past few years of her life.

Upon waking up from her coma, not only does Paige not remember marrying Leo (Tatum) but she doesn’t even know who he is. The rest of the movie is the valiant story of Leo trying to win her back. One of his most famous quotes, “I have to make my wife fall in love with me again,” tells exactly what’s in his heart.

Throughout the movie, Leo constantly reminds himself of the vows he and his wife made on their wedding day. “I vow to fiercely love you in all forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love.” Leo paints the picture of this vow by standing by his wife, despite her lack of memories and personality dysfunctions. Leo truly shows us what it looks like to love like Christ loves the church.

WAIT. Did I just refer to “Christ” and “church” while reviewing a secular film?? I did. You might be surprised to know that the true story upon which this film was based is founded on the principle that God is sovereign and God alone can hold a marriage together.

In fact, the couple that inspired the movie was a little disappointed to find out the movie lacked any sense of biblical values at all. Despite Hollywood’s intention to “sanitize” the movie, I was not at all surprised to hear that the story was Christian-based. The perseverance and hope Leo displays almost certainly had to come from a higher power.  Additionally, most religions regard wedding vows as highly sacred, not unlike the plot line of this film.

As stated in the article, the real-life couple tells their story in a bookThe Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie. I for one, am very excited to read this story and get some real encouraging meat out of it. How about you?

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie despite some less than family-friendly scenes. I do hope the book will work nicely to fill in the details that make this love story so much bigger than Hollywood led us on to believe. The story itself is what’s worth watching.

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