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April 11th 2012 05:59
: Another Nicholas Sparks film
The Lucky One is another hopeless romantic story from author Nicholas Sparks - seriously this guy has one formula - recreate in a better format every Mills and Boone novel his mother ever read. He had a huge hit with The Notebook and then Message in a Bottle, Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk to Remember, Dear John and The Last Song - seriously he needs to write a different kind of tale as all of these tales are pretty much adaptions of the one story.

Scott Hicks, Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

Hollywood loves him for one reason, THE NOTEBOOK, it is probably the ultimate chick flick and insanely beautifully made film that is voted the best romance movie of all time. While I loved it I disagree about it being the best. But every Sparks book filmed since then has tried to harness the success of The Notebook. And so it is with Scott Hicks' attempt with THE LUCKY ONE starring my numero uno hottest guy alive Zac Efron.

Scott Hicks, Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive - a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

Scott Hicks, Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

Firstly Hicks knows how to film and manages to make this film so beautiful it gives you goosebumps at times. Every shot could be a print on your wall and no one has made Zac look so good. He has fully shed that HSM cute boy image and has instead turned into a very sexy man. And I really would know - Paul and myself got to attend the World Premiere, walk the red carpet, battle 20000 screaming teenage girls and stand 2ft from him - my life is now complete - after he gave his time to nearly every person on the red carpet he then introduced the film and discussed his experience. The guy is seriously a saint - he handles everything with so much maturity it was inspiring. Besides his total Californication with ending sentences with "Man" he is the perfect gentleman. I think I became one of those teenage girls

Scott Hicks, Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner
Zac at the Premiere - I got two feet away

And here-in lay the first problem of the film, the distributors are marketing it as a teenage girl's film when in fact it is made more for their mums. While Zac is desperate to shed his pin-up status and starring in roles made for people older than him film companies know where the money lies and are milking the teenage love to death. And Zac is a serious actor exhibiting total dedication to every role including training with Marines and going through vigorous training to obtain his body shape for this film.

Scott Hicks, Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

His acting in this film is exemplary and he plays it exactly like I would assume a Marine would act. Very calm and strong and gentlemanly. When it was first announced he would get this role half the world laughed at him and pictured the kid from HSM playing a Marine would be a joke but I assure you he deserves more respect - this guy is so talented in many ways and like true acting chameleons can play any character they set their mind on.

Scott Hicks, Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

I also thought Taylor Schilling was a breath of fresh air - she beat some big names for this part and is relatively unknown except for her part on TV show Mercy - but she has it and I think this role will lead to quite a few more - and the chemistry between these two was sizzling!

In fact all the acting in this film is flawless, Blythe Danner was perfectly cast as granny and Jay R Ferguson played his part brilliantly - you hate him so passionately you picture killing him yourself - and while I hate him he achieved that through his acting and have to give him credit for it.

Scott Hicks, Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

But acting and cinematography and Zac aside - this movie isn't very good. The screenplay is deplorable, it is overly predictable, shamelessly Disney and at times marshmallow vomit worthy. Now Scott Hicks is a master film maker but how he could not see the gaping holes and unnecessary lines in this film I will never know. There were quite a few scenes that could have been handled better with silence as opposed to the Hallmark quotes they inserted - I am not cynical and I love romance films just as much as any other genre but this was wrong. And some scenes I assumed a character would do one thing but they ended up doing something completely different which effected the flow - this is not my own failing and being taken by surprise - it was ludicrous. I cannot only blame Hicks for this - the editing was of mediocre standard in portraying the desired scene. There was some inserted dialogue that was post recorded over a couple of scenes that was not of the same sound quality and I was shocked - one in particular was Zac saying "You should listen to her" - it's in the trailer as well but was clearly onscreen not coming from the right channel where it should have. Then there is a momentary drunken grandma scene that was to out of flow and appeared wooden and another take should have been made, and the same goes for some Schilling scenes. As one friend of mine said after the screening "the film could have been tightened up a lot".

Scott Hicks, Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

My rants aside I could take my mum to see this one or my grandma and they would probably enjoy it greatly. Mainly because of the beauty of the film and the love that is formed and the way the story ties together at the end. Plus Zac Efron, that body, him with a beautiful dog and a cute little kid is priceless.

The Lucky One starts on Thursday 19th pretty much everywhere and Paul gives it 8 out of 10 - I give it a 6 out of 10 so we will go with a combined score of 7 out of 10. You could do much worse but this film could have been much better.

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Comment by Paul Fellows

April 11th 2012 08:04
I'm disappointed that you didn't give my reasoning behind the scoring of 8/10.

Jason promised me a Zac Efron butt shot!!

Unfortunately there was no butt shot in the film so it lost 2 points!!


Otherwise it was a beautiful film.

Comment by Jason King

April 11th 2012 09:26
Hahahaha u crack me up Paul.

I admit - this is why Paul gave it an 8 only

I think the pecs were enough to confuse him and miss the shitty script

It was beautiful but it needed work.

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