December 31, 2013.

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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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

August 31, 2012

The Lucky One (2012)

When it's over, High School Musical (2006) alumni, Zac Efron, has definitely grown up from teen heartthrob into a marine veteran named Logan. Logan stumbles upon a faded photograph of a woman while on tour in Iraq.  The photo ends up being his lucky charm as he escapes death on several missions.  Upon finishing his third tour of duty, Logan vows to find the woman in the picture, so he may thank her. Although many actors could have portrayed Logan, Efron carried the role well enough to make me think twice on his turn to becoming a dramatic actor.  I think this role was his coming out role, into bigger, more serious characters.  I'm not saying Efron was perfect in the film, because he wasn't, and he still has a lot of growing to do as an actor.  There were scenes in the film where a more experienced actor would have been more convincing, bringing the viewers one step closer to understanding the personal and emotional journey Logan was on. The Lucky Ones stayed close to Nicholas Sparks's book, and because of that, it was enjoyable.  The only noticeable change was having a younger Logan as opposed to an older one.  The film didn't try to expand on the original story nor exaggerate it.  Instead, it brought the book into living color.   Still, if I had to compare this film with The Notebook (2004) (also written by Sparks), The Lucky One still isn't lucky enough, but Efron certainly was.

My rating: 3 out of 5

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