DIRECTOR: Scott Hicks


May Contain Spoilers!

Will we be adding this to our collection? NO

The sole special feature on the DVD of The Lucky One was entitled “The chemistry Of Zack Efron and Taylor Schilling” of something to that effect and that pretty much sums up the film on the whole. Reminiscent in tone to another soppy romance, Dear John (2010), We’re supposed to believe that Disney’s Zac Efron is a soldier who after finding a picture of Shilling on the ground in Iraq which saves his life, he returns to the U.S. to track her down, believing that she is a lucky charm of sorts.

But he fails to tell her his real reasons for finding her and the pair fall in love. And that’s it. There’s a bad guy in the form of her ex and this is neatly tied up at the end, but all in all, this is Efron making like a Geek for the mainstream and trying, obviously to distance himself from High School Musical. In many ways, he gets away with it but this wasn’t a strong story and offered him little to work with in terms of acting.

All’s he had to do was look gorgeous and broodingly mope through the film and bounce of Shilling who brought a lot more to the project. This is a run of the mill and predictable movie and it ties itself up a bit too neatly for my money but not everything has to be traumatic and melodramatic to a massive extent. This is a gentle love story, mildly convincing and though it seems to skirt over some complex emotional issues, such as grief, particularly that of Shilling’s son at the end, but I won’t give too much away, the teenage audience will no doubt enjoy seeing their Disney idol in a more grown up role, and as I’ve said, there was certainly some chemistry between the two leads.

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