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Review: The Lucky One

The Lucky One

Released April 20, 2012

Rated PG-13

Directed By Scott Hicks

Starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling

100 Minutes

The Lucky One is easily one of the worst films I’ve seen this year. It’s based off the Nicolas Sparks book of the same name and stars Zac Efron as a U.S. Marine who finds a photo of a stranger on the battlefield, which leads to him tracking her down. The typical Sparks love story then unfolds. We know every time a Sparks movie adaption is made, it’s likely to be cliche and empty. Unfortunately, The Lucky One is exactly that.

The Lucky One is absolutely terrible on all fronts. The script is shockingly bland, the acting is stiff and there’s more cliche’s here than blades of grass in your backyard. Every movie Efron stars in seems to be doomed from the beginning, not knocking him, but that’s a fact. He does a decent job but there’s not much for him to work with. He’s simply used as pretty boy eye candy for female viewers. This is sad and cheap, and shows they ran out of ideas, fast. The story is a cliche all on it’s own, and makes for an uninteresting one to watch. There are so many plot holes it;s not even funny, they are typically filled with insignificant scenes that have absolutely no meaning, like Efron’s character tinkering with a tractor or unloading bags off the back of a truck. The film as a whole feels meaningless and empty. There were a couple times you can feel real emotion but it only lasts for a split second and you just go back to not caring about any of it, because it’s all just so silly and it’s all been done a hundred time before. The romance genre in film is now being used as a way to make money off all the females that will go see them. They like the idea of love, so these movies satisfy them. These awful romance flicks will continue to rake in the dough, while high quality romance films, mostly independent ones, won;t get the attention they deserve. If you’re a Sparks fan, chances are you will enjoy The Lucky One, but for everyone else in existence, I advise you to stay far, far away from this mess of a movie. The Lucky One is filled with plot holes, a boring and poorly written script, next to no emotional depth and subpar acting, making it a failure on nearly every level.


1 out of 5

Review: The Lorax

The Lorax

Released March 2, 2012

Rated PG

Directed By Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Starring Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, Betty White, and Rob Riggle

86 Minutes

     The Lorax…it will rake in some cash, let me tell you, using Dr. Seuss’s book of the same name as a template. The sad fact is that The Lorax just doesn’t live up to the hype or to it’s book counterpart. The premise is good, don’t get me wrong, but the way the story unfolds really does damage. The film’s plot is hidden behind furry teddy bears and big name actors. It’s a classic example of a good old Hollywood production glazing.

The film is simply too eager to please, making it an overall disappointment from what it was expected to be. It lacks originality and doesn’t ever go out on a limb, remaining safe with it’s mediocre story line. The overall message the film sends is all well and good, but it’s failure to actually send the message is where it gets hurt most. No one can deny The Lorax’s sheer beauty and charm though, and it’s top notch actors, who all do a great job, given the source material. The characters are all subtly unique and are a joy to watch. The film provides laughs where it should and does a good job overall with its cute humor. The Lorax character himself is a letdown, not ever to be taken seriously and not playing too big of a role. All in all, The Lorax will be enjoyed by children, regardless of its downfalls. It’s a film with cute humor, great actors, funny characters and beautiful animation.