The Lucky One

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Nicholas Sparks has written sixteen romantic novels since 1995 and seven of them have been made into films including his latest novel, The Lucky One. A Marine named Logan (Zac Efron) finds a picture of a woman in the rubble during his time in Iraq and believes it brings him luck. After his third tour of duty he goes home to Colorado and then walks to North Carolina to learn the identity of the beautiful woman in the picture. Unaware that an advertisement for someone to help out in her pet business was just placed in a local paper, Logan arrives at the doorstep of a beautiful blond named Beth (Taylor Schilling) who lives with her grandmother Ellie (Blythe Banner). Logan finds out Beth is a single mother with an 8-year old son named Keith (Jay R. Ferguson) and he soon falls in love with her. (Did we think anything different would happen?) Of course, there has to be some kind of difficulty and it arrives in the form of Beth’s jealous ex-husband Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart) who is also the county sheriff and threatens both Beth and Logan. It’s almost amusing when the two have some sort of a silly misunderstanding because Logan doesn’t tell her the real reason why he walks half way across the country. (Maybe he finally realized it was ridiculous when he thought about it.) I think the main reason I liked this romantic drama, is because it wasn’t melodramatic or sappy. (Even for a chick flick.) The chemistry was good between the two leads and to my delight, there was even a little bit of action near the end. (Guys don’t get too excited – it was very little.) Unfortunately, we seem to compare all Nicholas Sparks novels to The Notebook, which makes all of his other movies fall short. It’s like trying to compare all of M. Night Shyamalan films to The Six Sense – and we all know that movie was one of a kind. This is a fairly standard love story and I’m giving it a B- rating.

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.