“The Lucky One” is the most recent motion picture spawn of Nicolas Sparks’ novels that hit theatres on April 20th. Besides being based on the popular book, the film’s other redeeming quality is that it features a grown-up Zac Efron playing the lead role of a Marine who goes in search of a woman whose picture supposedly saved his life while on tour in Iraq.
If you’ve read the book prior to seeing this film, you’re more likely to scrutinize any inconsistencies; a major one being that the movie stages the story in Louisiana in opposed to North Carolina. In the beginning, I felt the action was dry and direct, but sometimes with an occasional appeal to humor and cuteness. But the appeal gets stronger about the time the romance does. In hindsight, it makes some sense to be that way because the love story is what it’s all about. So give the movie a chance before knocking it.
There’s only so much a movie can show, but it’s not bad compared to its literature based counterpart. Yet it’s the book I prefer to the movie. The opening action (or most all of the action in general) makes better sense when reading. I suggest acquainting yourself with the book before seing the movie for greater enjoyment and appreciation.