The Lucky One is the latest film to be adapted from a novel by Nicholas Sparks, writer of romantic fiction aimed at swooning teenage girls.
The movies, aimed at the same audience, have been generally quite successful and The Notebook apparently has the ability to make grown men cry… or something. I’ve never seen The Notebook though, or that one with Miley Cyrus, or… you get the idea, but The Lucky One looked relatively appealing so I thought I would educate myself in this little sub-genre.
Now obviously The Lucky One is generic – an unlikely couple fall in love, Zac Efron’s just got back from war, there’s a unlikable ex, a cute kid, a couple of minor complications thrown their way etc etc – but if you just go with it and take it for what it is, it’s quite a sweet and entertaining film.
The characters are all reasonably well established and their development plotted out effectively, Zac Efron is engaging on screen as always, the dialogue’s a bit hokey, but that’s fine given what it is. All in all The Lucky One is perfectly acceptable and will go down well with its intended audience.
If you’re not a fan ofSparks’ brand of sentimental romantic melodrama there’s not going to be a huge amount here to convert you. But if you like those films you will certainly enjoy The Lucky One. Personally, being new to these movies, I’m indifferent. I didn’t have an adverse reaction to The Lucky One but wasn’t massively impressed by it. But it provided valid entertainment and a welcome bit of escapist fantasy.