“How do you explain something that you can’t even understand yourself?”
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As promised, I went and saw “The Lucky One.”
For starters, here’s the plot summary (from Apple trailers):
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.
Overall, the movie was pretty good (I’d say a 7 out of 10). Zac Efron did a great job playing the sexy, sensitive guy. Question, do those actually exist? Doubtful….darn you Nicholas Sparks for setting my expectations so high! Anyway, the chemistry between Efron and his co-star Taylor Schilling was a little less than spectacular.
For those of you who have a love of all things Nicholas Sparks (like I do), you probably think love should be as amazing as Noah and Allie in the Notebook. Beth and Logan (Schilling and Efron) just don’t possess that same, gotta-have-one-another magnetism. I personally think that Schilling is just a little old for Efron. I can’t recall from the book, but I don’t believe that the character of Beth was supposed to seem older than Logan.
As always, the characters are relatable and have great back stories. Beth is a teacher with ex-husband issues, who is a loving mom, and caring granddaughter. Logan is a marine who feels every day is a gift and simply wants to make everyone’s lives better. An added bonus in this movie is the mass number of adorable doggies, including Logan’s dog Zeus.
I would definitely recommend this movie to those who are interested in seeing your average rom-com, and who happen to love the overly-perfect endings of a Nicholas Sparks book, but if your expectations are still on Notebook and A Walk To Remember levels, then you might be a little let down.