The Lucky One (2012) – USA
“The Lucky One” is one of those films that if you want to enjoy it, you have to suspend your beliefs and move away from reality. Think about all the realities of life that would otherwise never happen in a movie like this one. Love conquering all is usually the main and key theme of author Nicholas Sparks’ novels and his big screen translation are usually even more exaggerated. People love watching his films or books because real life is dull and his world is anything, but boring. Likewise, “The Lucky One” goes about the same themes about love, only with different actors. However, I just never clicked with this film and the result is a film that is borderline average and rather unromantic to me.
Zac Efron is obviously a good looking bloke, but his acting here is far too wooden and starry eyed to be anywhere near convincing. His chemistry with Taylor Schilling seems more conventional than natural and in many ways it feels more like a brother and sister relationship, rather than the later. It’s a shame, as Taylor Schilling handles a character torn between past and present extremely well and come off a character that is most human of the lot. The grandmother played by Blythe Danner pops up here and there with some quirky lines and whispering words of wisdom. While the former abusive husband played by Jay Ferguson is constantly annoying and suffers from some of the worst overacting in years.
All in all, “The Lucky One” is probably a film targeted at a particular segment of audience. Despite my secret fonder of romantic dramas, this one just never clicks, too contrived and at times even a tad too long. That’s not to say it is entirely a bad film, but in terms of similar films, this one doesn’t make the cut. A borderline average film at best…
Neo rates it 6/10