The Lucky One (2012)


After doing posts about a couple of movies that I didn’t see on cinema before as I wasn’t born in those years, but rather on television and then buying the DVD and/or Blu-Ray pack of the movies after many years of watching them, now I’ll be posting an opinion about a movie I’ve just seen on cinema on this day of 18th June 2012:

Based on the novel of the same name written by renowned novel writer Nicholas Sparks, “The Lucky One” first premiered in USA on 20th April 2012 and, although doing well in the box office, was a critical failure with the consensus on relying too much on some melodrama clichés to appeal people that wasn’t really familiar with the original author’s work (it’s, by now, the 7th time that a movie adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel that was done)

General plot: During Iraq war, U.S. Marine Logan Thibault (Zac Efron, of “High School Musical” fame, doing a not so usual dramatic role) finds out of nowhere a photo of a woman, something that seemed to be a lucky charm as he survived twice during sudden attacks. After coming back from USA and suffering from survivor guilt (it has to do with difficulties in being adjusted to life as everything could remind him of the moments he was in the war. For example, during his sister’s sons’ partical joke, Logan almost stranguled to death one of his nephews), he leaves his sister’s house in order to find the woman of the photo

He eventually finds the woman, Beth Clayton (Taylor Schilling, known for being in the movie “Atlas Shrugged: Part I”), divorced of Sherrif Deputy Keith Clayton (Jay R. Ferguson, more known for working in television rather than in the cinema) and mother of Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart). From the day they met on, the life of both Logan and Beth woudn’t be the same again

Before watching it, I wasn’t expecting the movie to be suprising as I’m not a fan of Nicholas Sparks‘ work (my mother is a big fan of his, though, and even shed some tears during the movie). And it wasn’t that much, but it doesn’t mean it was a bad movie, because it was actually not a bad one. I didn’t think it was too melodramatic and it had a few good moments, the best one being a few minutes before the end (it was the suprising moment for me. But I won’t say which is to not spoil that much). I agree, though, it was quite predictable on some levels (especially the romantic moments, eventhough it was done sincerely) and lacked something more to make the movie more interesting. I don’t know what it is, but it did lack something

Overall, a nice effort. If you’re into melodramatic movies or movies based or adaptated on a Nicholas Sparks novel, I’d reccomend it. But if you’re into movies with a bit more depth and a more topical story with a bit of social issues, you’d only find that in the first couple of the minutes, as the rest of the movie doesn’t go that way

One more thing – I have to make a dedicatory to this movie with this song, since it reminded me of the movie I saw. A Eurovision Song Contest 2012 entry, in a fact:

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


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