It's easy to get lucky when you look like Zac Efron.
Efron stars as Logan - a Marine suffering from his time in the war
zone. One fateful morning, he saw a photograph in the sand, walked over
to pick it up, and a bomb went off behind him where he was supposed to
be standing. Sent home and not knowing how to overcome the trauma he
experienced, Logan decides to find the (gorgeous, movie star looking)
woman in that photo, so he starts walking from his home in Colorado to
her home in Louisiana (with his faithful doggie companion by his side,
imagine that loyalty, I would have told Zac to stuff it by Oklahoma).
Will Logan be able to tell Beth (Taylor Schilling) why he has shown up
at her door?
What will she do when she finds out?
Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, people familiar with his work and the
movies made from them know what to expect from The Lucky One,
instead of feeling icky about the predictability, the movie (mostly)
feels like a comfortable, soothing tale.
Writer Will Fetters and director Scott Hicks hit all the big emotional
notes as we watch Beth and Logan contemplate the loss they have
experienced, attempt to move on from their haunted pasts, and discover
a way to recover while supporting each other. It's a simple movie where
the villains are obvious, the heroes do all the right things and you
just have an inkling that "true love" will prevail (because each one
looks hot, and the dog can only keep you warm at night for so long).
Given everything else is as expected, so are the performances by the
actors in The Lucky One.
Blythe Danner shows up as the sage and sassy grandmother providing
plenty of comic relief and knowing advice when needed, while Schilling
is the perfect modern day, fluffy, frilly heroine mixing vulnerability
and big, climactic moments of strength at the right times (she looks
like she should be the star of an ABC Family series, and I mean that in
a good way).
Of course, Efron looks like Efron, which seems to be his biggest
assignment in the movie. We have seen him better in Charlie
St. Cloud or Me
and Orson Welles, but those were
more challenging roles for the young thespian. In The Lucky One,
supposed to play the strong, silent, tortured type, but needs more
intensity to draw us in with emotion, instead of drawing in the ladies
with his 3-day scruffy beard and piercing blue eyes (note to self: get
blue contacts). Plus, we need to get a better feel for Logan coming out
of his shell, rather than just taking off his shirt.
However, this movie only works because Logan looks like Zac Efron.
Seriously, when you walk everywhere and don't own a car, no one
considers it sexy or mysterious if you look like Steve Buscemi (or me).
However, when you look like Zac Efron, and you walk everywhere (all the
way from Colorado to Louisiana like a crazy, homeless drifter), and you
show up at some woman's front door, you are not called a loser or a
freak or a stalker (or a crazy, homeless drifter). No one calls 911.
She gives you a job and you share a shower together. You think that
would happen if Zac's character was played by John Goodman? Go figure.
The Lucky One
is longer than it needs to be, which leads to feelings the simplest
plot twists and stories are being drawn out with too much filler and
not enough detail.
Lucky One is rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.