QuickFlick: The Lucky One
He didn’t know her name; he didn’t know her story; all he knew was that he was the lucky one. Starring Taylor Schilling as Beth Green and Zac Efron as marine Logan Thibault, The Lucky One failed to surpass the quality and intrigue of its two-minute trailer.
The story begins with Logan deployed in his third Iraqi tour. In the midst of the opaque desert, he finds a picture of a beautiful blonde. To him, she was a mysterious guardian angel who kept him alive when all obstacles pointed the other direction. Feeling a connection to this woman, Logan goes on a search to give thanks to his angel and ends up in North Carolina, welcomed by the blonde and her family. Logan struggles to find the words of his presence and instead keeps his intention a secret while melting into the Green’s family dynamics.
Of course, a film wouldn’t be based on a Nicholas Sparks novel if it didn’t have romance and drama. The absolutely adorable Taylor Schilling gave her character Beth a quality performance through the film. When she laughed, she glowed. However, Beth was about the only thing believable. I understand Logan was a veteran marine, lost and finding his way, but that doesn’t mean he needs to look confused all the time.
The trailer was hot, steamy and romantic; all the things Efron’s chiseled physique contributes perfectly to. The love scenes were still on-point, but during one of the most dramatic sequences, I wasn’t clenching my fists hoping for a happy ending. It’s not that I didn’t believe in the situation, it’s that I didn’t believe in the characters’ relationship.
My favorite part of the film was actually the cinematography. Golden sunsets and red autumn leaves fill the screen with a beautiful vision of the South.
All in all, The Lucky One takes you through a mature script of love and death, and what to do when the past twists the future. For believers of fate, The Lucky One becomes a novel adaptation worthy of some time on the silver screen.