THE LUCKY ONE
Marred Redemptive Content
Release Date: April 20, 2012
Genre: Romantic Drama
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 101 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time Warner
Director: Scott Hicks
Writer: Will Fetters
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While in the midst of battle, Logan finds a picture of a beautiful blonde, buried in the Iraqi sand. Flipping the picture over, Logan reads words of love that helps motivate him to move forward in the war. Keeping the picture, Logan survives incredible odds and starts to believe the woman in the picture is a guiding angel. After Logan gets done with his military commitment, he decides to search and find the woman in order to tell her she helped save his life.
Walking from Colorado to Louisiana with his dog, Logan finally meets the woman. . . Beth. Beth is running a dog training and boarding facility with her grandmother and son. Being divorced from a very controlling man, Keith Clayton, Beth finds it hard to trust people. So, when Logan enters her life, she believes he’s not there for the right reasons.
Leaving it up to her grandmother, Ellie, to get rid of Logan, she walks away, but Ellie decides instead to hire Logan. Hard working, polite and a gentleman, Logan does his best to help around the dog center. It’s not long, however, before he’s also helping with Beth’s son, Ben, and protecting the family from Keith, who still wants to control the family in a physically harmful way. It’s inevitable that Beth and Logan start to connect, though she has no knowledge that Logan has her picture. A graphic romantic affair ensues. As is the fashion in a Nicholas Sparks story, the two are bound together by lust.
Nicholas Sparks is known to be a Christian, but THE LUCKY ONE is marred by some steamy sex scenes. Elements in the movie point toward Christian faith, including going to church is shown in a positive light, forgiveness is extolled, and there are comments about characters having faith. Also, Ben’s mean father seems to redeem himself at the end. However, these elements are marred by Romantic elements and superstitious references to luck and a lucky photo where the woman in the photo is referred to as a guardian angel.
THE LUCKY ONE is as stereotypically romantic as a romance film can be, with the two lovebirds gazing at each other in a lovey-dovey fashion. Though this is the case, there doesn’t seem to be a natural chemistry between Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling. This seems partly due to the fact that Taylor looks older then Zac. Where Taylor seems to be over directed, Zac’s character has very little emotional change throughout the film. Mostly, a straight face and a blank stare is his most common attitude. Though Zac’s character is a serious soldier, it doesn’t create a dynamic character for the movie.
Stylistically, THE LUCKY ONE is filmed in warm lighting. This creates a beautiful atmosphere. Overall, THE LUCKY ONE is just what one might expect from a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Even so, it needs to be improved with better acting from the two romantic leads.
THE LUCKY ONE contains some strong Christian content, but it’s marred by some steamy sex scenes. THE LUCKY ONE is as stereotypically romantic as a movie can be. The problem is there doesn’t seem to be a natural chemistry between the two lead actors, Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling. Overall, THE LUCKY ONE is what you might expect from a Nicholas Sparks movie, but the acting could be better. Extreme caution is advised.