"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.