Opening in theatres this Friday from director Scott Hicks, Warner Bros. Pictures and author Nicholas Sparks comes a man who knows he is “The Lucky One”.

This film tells the story of Sgt. Logan Thibault (Zac Efron), a U.S. Marine on his third tour of duty in Iraq. During his time out he comes across the photograph of a woman he doesn’t know. Returning home he believes it is this picture that saved him and needs to find her.

The woman in the photograph is Beth (Taylor Schilling) who runs a local family kennel. Logan gets a job to be close and get to know the woman he carried with him. At first Beth doesn’t trust Logan and it is Beth’s mother Ellie (Blythe Danner) who tries to open her eyes to the truth of things.

Even when things get complicated, the couple come to terms with what is obviously true – some things are just destiny.

FINAL WORD: Efron has definitely grown up and if your looking for a song/dance man in the film this isn’t the one. Playing a Marine is an interesting choice for this actor but it also gives him a chance to show his chops. That being said, the ladies aren’t going to have a hard time watching it either. His good looks and beefed up body bring the character of Logan from the book to screen with what I’m sure will be happy results for audiences.

Schilling is a lovely young woman who speaks not only highly of her co-star but of the entire cast and crew. Playing the role of a woman trying to keep her family together and she plays it well.

Anything Danner does I love! She is a solid actress who truly does give something extra to every performance and “The Lucky One” is no exception. There is something truth worthy and honest and – I like it.

Other cast include: Jay R. Ferguson as Keith Clayton, Adam LeFevre as Judge Clayton, Robert Hayes as Victor, Joe Chrest as Deputy Moore, Sharon Morris as Principle Miller, Ann McKenzie as Charlotte Clayton, and Kendall Tuttle as Ace.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Lucky One” three tubs of popcorn out of five. Although I enjoyed the story I have to admit that it was a love story in every sense of the word. Not that I have anything against a good love story, I just don’t particularly like sitting through predictable love stories.

Those with a soft heart will truly love the story and enjoy how director Scott Hicks told it through his direction and cinematography. It is sweet in its soft lens frames capturing two beautiful people who find each other.

This is Nicholas Sparks 14th book and if you don’t know some of his other words lets try these films “The Notebook”, “A Walk to Remember”, “Nights in Rodanthe”, “Message in a Bottle” and “The Last Song” – any of these ring a bell?

Having had the chance to meet Nicholas this past Sunday afternoon I have to say that the fans were screaming his name just as loud if not louder than that of star Zac Efron. There were masses of books in the hands of fans waiting to have his signature in them. He is a down to earth gentleman who loves telling a good story that fans obviously love as well.

For video interviews and photographs please go to http://moviemaven.intuitwebsites.com where Movie Maven and Film Brat spent the day at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California where military families were given a sneak peek of the film and a chance to meet the stars, director and author himself Nicholas Sparks.

In the end – he is the lucky one.

Movie Maven

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Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.


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