Zac Efron (17 Again, High School Musical) and Taylor Schilling (Mercy, Dark Matter) put on a loveable and heart wrenching star-crossed performance in Nicholas Sparks’ drama, The Lucky One.
A United States Marine, Logan (Efron), who served three tour of duties owes his life to a woman (Schilling) whose picture he finds one day before being nearly killed by a bomb. He holds onto the picture of this beautiful stranger (Schilling), swearing to find her and thank her unintended efforts to save his life, with no expectations in return.
Upon finding Beth (Schilling) by way of a cliché photo of her in front of a lighthouse (doesn’t anyone take photos in front of trees anymore?), he ends up working for her and her nana, Golden Globe nominee, Blythe Danner, at their “dog motel” where it’s obvious help is more than necessary, never asking what he will get paid. Being a drifter, he probably didn’t have many bills. Not knowing why he is there or really caring, Logan saves the day (some thanks should go here to High School Musical) and works with the dogs more than they could have asked.
When Beth finally discovers the photos, thanks to her arrogant, self-centered former high school football hero of an ex-husband, Keith, three time nominee, Jay Ferguson (Mad Men), she doesn’t react the way this critic sees it should have happened. She reacts the way it was expected for the film.
But the film does have a twist. Keith finds he is not so perfect after all when he threatens Logan during a drunken stupor. He doesn’t really know himself and doesn’t know what he truly wants, and that can probably be attributed his pushy, politician father (Adam LeFevre).
Just kidding – Ferguson’s character can still be a jerk. Still, he gives what is needed to show not all guys are jerks to the core.
Efron proves he is an angel on earth, amazingly always there at the right moment.
But where are all the cell phones? Not one single person texts in this movie. Isn’t that how people break up nowadays? Not for Nicholas Sparks. So, thank you, Nicholas Sparks, for making yet another movie that will bring on a collection of tears admist the absence of modern day technology.
Two-time Oscar nominee Director, Scott Hicks, (Finders Keepers, The Boys are Back) gives great direction to a wonderful Sparks novel. Never heard of those stories? Maybe The Lucky One will bring the clever directions of Hicks out of the darkness.
Are you sure this movie isn’t a slight spin off of “Charlie St. Cloud?” After all, there are a lot of trees, another boat, a lost girl and a little boy. Hmm.
In the end, the movie is as predictable as a bird heading toward a window. You know what’s going to happen. But, jump a little when you see it.
The movie was not too fast or too slow. It provided just the right amount of necessities needed to keep a guy watching (a pretty girl and a football hero) and girls hitched (ahem… a hot guy named Zac Efron). The predictable plot still provided some creativity and unexpected twists. The story flowed as smoothly as Louisiana waters.