The Lucky One
- Director: Scott Hicks
- Genre: Romance
- Details: USA/99mins 12A
- Release Date: 04/05/2012
Another year, another Nicholas Sparks adaptation; instead of playing a game of "guess who dies" in this one, enjoy the cute German Shepherd, super attractive cast and Zac Efron's exceptionally well groomed facial hair. In fairness to the former tween heartthrob, he actually does a decent job with a typically cheesy, often unintentionally hilarious script.
Efron plays a marine who has his life saved by a photograph of a beautiful woman; basically he goes to pick up something shiny and an ISD goes off where he was standing - saving his life. Later, he happens to be discussing how much of a lucky bastard he is with a fellow marine when another explosion takes place - again leaving him the only survivor. When he finally gets released from service, he vows to track down the lovely young lady in the picture. What he finds is a single mother living in a small town full of complications. Much soppiness and longing looks ensue.
Before viewing The Lucky One ask yourself one thing; do you think he would've went looking far and wide for this woman if she was in fact fat and wide? If he picked up a picture of Pat Butcher with "Stay Safe xx" on the back of it, he quite probably would've flung it to the ground and walked straight into an enemy wall of fire. But hey, this is the movies folks, 'cause we're also supposed to buy the fact that someone as well groomed as Zak Efron is in fact a loner. He is not Bruce Banner or The Littlest Hobo, and no amount of puppy dog looks is going to convince us otherwise.
When broken down, The Lucky One is a conventional, predictable romantic drama that skates by on the typically heavy handed romance of your average Nicholas Sparks novel. The Notebook has a lot to answer for - it's given these films a template that they follow with vigorous predictability. Efron does his best, but there's very little about the romance at the core that is in any way believable. Director Hicks attempts the "unspoken" attraction thing but the sparks between Schilling and Efron just aren’t really there.
Efron is solid, but this is the usual Sparks crap that only his core fans will tolerate.
Review by Mike Sheridan | 09:00 | Friday 4th May 2012 | Movie Review
The Lucky One is the latest Hollywood adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book. While The Notebook and Dear John had their own moments of powerful emotion, The Lucky One is weak and diluted in comparison. A rather simple and straightforward story, it follows the journey of a US marine (Zac Efron) whose life is saved when he's distracted by a photo in the rubble of (presumably) war-torn Iraq. He tracks down the woman in the photo and after some initial hesitation, they gradually fall for each other (of course). Meanwhile, an interfering ex who doesn't respect boundaries threatens to break up this idyllic romance... Efron is a likeable lead, but the film really belongs to newcomer Taylor Schilling. She's an interesting actress and if she can find more meaty material to work with, then she should have a good film career. There is some chemistry between her and Efron, but any heat in the love scenes is dissipated by the need to pander to a lower rating. The ending neatly ties up loose ends, but doesn't leave any lasting impact. The Lucky One is watchable, but it's a clear case of a film that never really digs deep into your heart. It mostly scratches the surface instead, something that no genuine love story should do.Posted 23:04 | Wed 2nd May 2012
@Filmbuff, for a devout movie fan you have far too many guilty pleasures!! Loving movies doesnt mean you go and see just any old crap, especially when you know its going to be rubbish in advance. Like pretty much 7/10 flics that are Hollywood related.Id rather not have an opinion that waste hours and dosh watching the continuous stream of nonsense filling our cinemas mot weeks.Posted 13:41 | Thu 3rd May 2012
Well, I pretty much see nearly everything. I'll always go to a horror film, even if it's rubbish like The Devil Inside. Like Ed Wood, I just love movies... I think Ed Wood and I would share a lot of guilty pleasures ;)Posted 21:00 | Thu 3rd May 2012
Besides, I get films virtually for free on my Cineworld Unlimited card. I use it 10 - 15 times a month, meaning that I get 10 or more films for free. That way, I can afford to see mediocre films like The Lucky One.Posted 21:03 | Thu 3rd May 2012
I draw the line at Adam Sandler films, unless he's playing serious like in Punch Drunk Love.Posted 12:03 | Sat 5th May 2012
At least the Unlimited card is a half decent excuse. :-) I love movies too but ive learned to draw the line over the last couple of years. There is just too much crap out there. Finding a korean thriller on ebay for 3 quid plus postage would give me 100 times the thrill i have to say.Posted 16:26 | Fri 4th May 2012
I enjoyed this film Zac Effron plays a great part in this and he's dreamy which adds to it . Recommend people to see itPosted 16:19 | Fri 18th May 2012
Mike....who ate all of your love cake?!Posted 19:43 | Sat 19th May 2012
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