The Lucky One impresses Nicholas Sparks fan
Nicholas Sparks’ latest book-to-film adaption, The Lucky One, premiered in theatres on April 20.
Logan Thibault is a U.S. Marine Sergeant seeking out the woman he believes saved his life during one of his tours in Iraq. During the war, he comes across a photo that he thinks is his good luck charm. Whenever Logan has the photo in his possession, he appears to stay out of harms’ way while fighting in the Iraq war. Logan comes to find Beth Green, played by Taylor Schilling, on his journey as he walks with his German Shepard, Zeus, from Colorado to North Carolina. He hopes to thank Beth for saving his life, instead meeting the challenges that come along with one’s true destiny.
There is so much more to this movie than watching it for Zac Efron. The emotion put into the roles of each character is highly impressive, especially Zac Efron’s portrayal of Logan Thibault. Every actor and actress in this movie stayed true to their role. Nana (Ellie Green), played by Blythe Danner, is as impressive as Meryl Streep. Danner helped give this emotional film a comedic touch, which is nice to include with such a touching story line. Schilling was nothing short of amazing, as someone not widely known in the spotlight like Efron is. She shines in her role as Beth, a woman facing her past challenges and new ones as she discovers why Logan truly walked to North Carolina.
Actor Riley Thomas Stewart starred as Ben, Beth’s son from her past marriage with Keith Clayton (Jay R. Ferguson). Riley played Ben true to the character from the novel. He definitely has no difficulty in making audiences members smile and laugh throughout the course of the movie. Though all of the acting in this movie is impressive, Jay R. Ferguson brought the sheriff-with-a-bad-attitude to life.
The only negative thing to share about this movie is definitely the audience. When the previews ask that movie-goers, “please do not talk during the movie,” follow the rule and do not ruin it for other people trying to enjoy the movie. There is not a valid reason to have full-on conversations. We want to hear the movie dialogue and not about how gorgeous Zac Efron’s eyes are. Also, do not bring younger children to a movie like this. No one needs to hear your child screaming bloody murder during the most emotional scene of the movie.
The Lucky One should be seen not only by people who read the novel but people looking for a heartfelt, beautifully made romantic movie.