The Lucky One
Released April 20, 2012
Directed By Scott Hicks
Starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling
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