I’ll give you time to grab your tissues as your reminisce.
As you continue to dab your eyes, go ahead and add “The Lucky One” on your list of tear-inducing love stories. The film is based of the book of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote the aforementioned “The Notebook,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Dear John” — just a few of his many novels that have been adapted for the big screen.
Actress Taylor Schilling, lead actress, said the characters are based on reality. From single mothers to those with family members on active duty, Schilling said the book relates to many.
Zac Efron plays Logan, a Marine coming off another tour of duty in Iraq. While in combat, he finds a photo of a smiling, young woman with a special message on the back. He can’t find the owner, so he holds onto it.
When he returns home, Logan struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor’s guilt. With his “guardian angel” consuming his thoughts, he sets out to find her.
Logan’s journey ends in Hammond, La., where he meets Beth (Schilling), a single mother of one who runs a dog kennel with her grandmother, Ellie (Blythe Danner). Unable to tell her his real intentions for showing up, Logan winds up working there — much to Beth’s chagrin and Ellie’s delight.
Beth’s personal issues, including those with her ex-husband, Keith (Jay R. Ferguson), drain her emotionally. She takes this out on Logan, who is not only great with dogs but can fix anything, bonds with Beth’s son, Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart), and just so happens to be incredibly handsome. He’s the perfect man, but she treats him poorly.
Many might equate Sparks’ stories with passionate, unconditional and almost too-good-to-be-true romance. “The Lucky One” embodies this as well as an unexpected amount of intense drama. Schilling was right: Many will be able to relate to the film on an emotional and personal level because of the issues with the characters.
It’s good to see Efron take on a serious role. Although his character is stoic in his suffering, Logan is able to show some emotions with Beth, Ben and Ellie.
Efron was convincing in his role, as well as Schilling. Her character has walls up and is abrasive toward Logan because of her own personal pain, but she is also able to let down her guard. Danner is a delight in this film, as she is in many others.
This is definitely a “chick flick.” I apologize if this offends anyone, but sometimes the truth hurts. It’s 101 minutes of sap, sadness, love and mush mixed with a dose of real-life situations. However, it’s not as predictable as you might assume.
Just bring the entire box of Kleenex when you head to the theater this weekend. I don’t think this is a movie where you need to have read the book in advance. As long as romance is your thing, you will be pleased regardless.