The Lucky One made is premiere in theaters last April 20th 2012. A story based on Nicholas Spark’s novel with the same title, The Lucky One is about a soldier who tries to find a mysterious woman who served as his lucky charm during the war. The Lucky One stars Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and is directed by Scott Hicks. This romantic movie received mixed reviews from critics all over the world. Let’s take a look at a couple of opinions from different movie critics:
“The Lucky One May Need More Time To Be Effective
I thought of it as being like a Hallmark telemovie. A fellow critic described it as the movie equivalent of a Mills & Boon novel. Both metaphors should give you a fairly good idea as to what to expect with The Lucky One, the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel.
Sparks wouldn’t be short of a dollar. He keeps churning out popular books and Hollywood keeps knocking on his front door and asking to buy the cinematic rights. Since 1999, seven of his novels have reached the big screen –Message In A Bottle, A Walk To Remember, The Notebook, Nights In Rodanthe, Dear John, The Last Song and now The Lucky One.
It brings back memories of our infatuation with crime writer John Grisham in the 1990s. You always knew what to expect from Grisham (a twisting thriller with a hero who overcomes many obstacles to succeed in the end) but it didn’t stop us from buying his books and seeing his films. People liked his style.
As for Nicholas Sparks, he seems intent on crowning himself “king” of the romantic drama genre. His movie adaptations have always involved two likeable characters who seem perfect for each other but tragedy does its best to keep them apart. I wouldn’t describe myself as a huge fan of Sparks but I admit that the healthy box-office of his previous films proves that a substantial audience does exist.
This leads me to the obvious conclusion that some will like The Lucky One. Unfortunately, I do not belong in this category. I found the film to be one of the silliest romantic dramas that I’ve seen for a while. This is through no fault of stars Zac Efron (High School Musical) and newcomer Taylor Schilling. Both have talent and you can see they’re trying their best to look like a couple who belong together.”
The rest of the review can be seen at The Film Pie
Here’s another review from Nell Minow
“The Lucky One: An Inspiring Love Story
Director Scott Hicks pours enough syrup over this film to supply an IHOP. Every shot of the golden sunlight on the Louisiana bayou or the perfectly tousled angelic curls of the perfectly precocious angelic boy or the perfect smile of the beautiful kennel owner and substitute teacher played by Taylor Schilling or the perfect muscles of the beautiful former Marine who seems to be channeling “as you wish” Westley from “The Princess Bride” all but drips with syrupy sweetness. Then there is the aural candy of the many pop songs on the soundtrack. This is outdone by the storyline, which matches the sugar content of the visuals with a synthetic and coincidence-heavy plot. But that doesn’t mean it it not a pleasant movie-watching experience in a greeting card commercial sort of way.
It helps that Zac Efron and Schilling are talented and attractive performers with good chemistry. Efron plays Logan, a Marine on his third tour who finds a picture of a beautiful girl half-buried in the sand. It becomes his lucky talisman.”
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