Cast:Zac Efron,Taylor Schilling,Blythe Danner
Director: Scott Hicks
Indian Express Ratings:*
IN HIS good old days,The Lucky One would have been a walk in the park for Zac Efron. Just walk that walk,smile that smile and sweep Schilling effortlessly off her feet. Here he hauls dog food,lugs wood,plays with her son,does the dishes,lifts dog poop and even plays the piano — and still,nothing!
For a Nicholas Sparks film,screenplay writer Will Fetters and director Scott Hicks don’t trust hormones to get this romance kicking. They throw in everything from sun-dappled woods and gently rocking boats to a local,organic fair and vegetable garden. Heck they even have dogs in abundance. However,The Lucky One can never get past that preposterous premise of a guy setting off to find a girl he finds in a photo,a photo he picked up from rubble during the Afghanistan/Iraq war,belonging to someone he doesn’t know,a photo,he believes,saved him from certain death. He walks,from Colorado to Louisiana,with his dog to find her,because he “likes to walk”.
Yes,the girl concerned,Beth (Schilling) did lose someone in the war,and no it wasn’t a lover. It was her brother,the confusion about whose death still torments her. Still our boy Logan keeps the picture and his story from her. How will the film kick in a bit of drama towards the end otherwise? And that’s after it has squeezed the last ungracious juice out of Beth’s ex-husband,who is an obnoxious,jealous Sheriff with a politically ambitious Dad.
Schilling is apparently some sort of a stunner to have the former hubby all tied up in knots. If only Efron,crew cut,unshaved and all solemn war-veteran-like,showed he shared the feeling.