This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.
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June 30, 2011
The Last Song (2010)
When it's over, the themes of rebellion, forgiveness, loss, and second chances are nothing new for a film based on another one of Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novels. The story's about Ronnie, played by singer Miley Cyrus, who spends the summer with her estranged father, played by Greg Kinnear. In this one summer, Ronnie encounters first love, heartbreak, loss, and the power of forgiveness. There was two things wrong with this movie. One, I thought the story was good, but it felt rushed through some how. Everything seemed to happen so fast - falling in love, reconciliation, forgiveness, loss - that I didn't feel the natural progression of the story. A tighter script would have helped. Second, the casting was all wrong, except for Kinnear, who lent charm and humor to his character who would have otherwise been depressing and flat. Cyrus lacked the ability to transcend the complex emotions that Ronnie endured. I think the very talented Ellen Page would have been a better choice to portray the rebellious youth who comes of age. Liam Hemsworth looks great on the beach, but doesn't make the cut as Ronnie's rich boyfriend, Will, who goes from playboy to good boy.