Trailer Hopping : Zac Efron May be the Lucky One But Not in My Book

Rating: No Butter
Posted April 15th, 2012 by popcorn

Another Nicholas Sparks movie. Think The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, Dear John, The Last Song and other successfully commercialized and sappy romance movies based on books by an author who knows how to strike the right heart strings of women. The Lucky One is another movie about the unexplainable and illogical fate of love – que sera sera. “I think he was meant to find that photo. I think it could happen for a reason.”

I’m not thumbing down my nose at Nicholas Sparks or his successful movies. In fact, I’d like to apply his secrets of success in what I do, too. I’m just too much of a realist to watch a long and boring movie that appears like a wild romantic fantasy that bears little resemblance to reality – at least, not in my world. I do have to admit that I haven’t read a single one of his books, nor have I finished any of his movies, although I’ve attempted to watch all of them.

Why not finish one and then judge, you say? I’ve already answered that. Long, boring and too much of living in fantasy land. There are too many drawn out awkward moments only the lovers would understand, like an inside joke, that should help build the romantic mood, but on screen, they appear like scenes that took too long to finish. Some things don’t translate well from books to film, and descriptive mood scenes are one of them.

This, of course, does not apply to the sex scenes. Those scenes tend to be very much worth watching. Who doesn’t want to watch two very attractive, well-built individuals make out? Watch the woman’s hand as it glides down his pants towards his sexy ass, as the camera pans around to their tone and muscular nakedness. Watch them toss around in a barn as the shower strips down their clothes, outlining their sexy bodies again; then, on to the stripping of the clothes and the slow dancing in boxers. Oh yes, that’s what it’s all about, baby.

Now to the less believable parts – how a war veteran could be so calm, sensitive and well-adjusted to his surroundings – how he would leave everything behind and take that chance to find a woman he knows nothing about. How did he find her and what was he expecting? And you know something about Sparks’ movies? It’s always the guy who doesn’t seem to waver and give up hope, betting that 1% chance that love will happen. And, no surprise, love always happens! How often does that perfect romance happen in real life except in a woman’s fantasy? “Why did you come here… To find you.”

The Lucky One is not a movie I would watch although I’m not going to doubt its commercial success, regardless of its critical success. The story is very similar to Sparks other movies and the acting from Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, or Jay Ferguson is only decent, although Blythe Danner always does an excellent job as some sweet, loving mother.

The Lucky One opens this Friday, April 20, 2012.

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