The latest Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-movie is The Lucky One.
This film tells the story of Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) a U.S. Marine who had served three tours of duty in Iraq. He survives on the battlefield and credits a photo of an unknown woman as the one thing that kept him alive during his time of service.
When he returns to the United States, he is determined to find the woman in the photograph and thank her. He discovers her name is Beth Clayton (Taylor Schilling) and takes a job at her family-run kennel.
Chicago Sun Times movie critic Roger Ebert said, “I’m not going to say anything at all about the odds of that happening (Thibault bumping into Clayton). The odds are overwhelmingly against anything in any movie happening, so I should just shut up and pay attention. This is yet another love story adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, and it has been cast with appealing romantic leads, a snaky villain with a drinking problem, a grandmother with infallible instincts and a lot of adorable dogs. It also has leaves bursting into bright autumn colors, and a lake just right for a couple to steal away for a quiet chat on a rowboat.”
The movie is filled with ups and downs with Beth’s ex-husband not liking the new relationship that is forming between she and Logan.
By the conclusion of the movie, Logan realizes that Beth could be more than just his good luck charm while he was in Iraq.
There were undoubtedly good parts of the movie, when both Efron and Schilling showed their acting abilities, but overall it didn’t live up to the hype that is created by the trailer.
Sparks has a reputation of well-produced films from the novels he wrote like The Notebook and The Last Song. The Lucky One will not be joining the ranks of these.
The movie critics also weren’t too fond of the movie. It only received a 21 percent rating on Rotten Tomato.
However, with two popular actors cast in the main roles, both Efron and Schilling drew in the audience that was needed to make the film successful. Girls who had been fans of Efron since his High School Musical days were eager to see the latest romantic movie starring the popular actor.