"The Lucky One" is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ story and is eager for audience admiration this weekend. Many people are curious to see how Zac Efron looks like in the movie as a grown up man after his famous “High School Musical”.
In the movie, Zac Efron plays Logan, an Iraq war veteran who survives death a couple of times during combat and he thinks that it is because of a good luck charm - a photo of a pretty woman he found in debris one day. He is determined to meet that woman and thank her for keeping him alive. He travels home to search for her and finally finds the woman, Beth (Taylor Schilling). She is a single mother and runs a dog kennel. Logan is scared to tell Beth the reason why he is there and instead he starts working for her. Slowly they fall for each other and he still does not share his secret.
Efron is very natural in his romantic role and it seems like he would do anything for love but fails to impress as a strong, serious marine, especially during combat.
On the other hand, it's Taylor Schilling's first major movie role. She has done it well; her dramatic scenes are praiseworthy. In the movie, she is mourning the death of her dead brother who was a soldier. Schilling is also struggling with her aggressive ex-husband, Keith (Jay R. Ferguson), who is a sheriff and villain in the love story. She later tells her story that she fell for him in high school when he was a star football player. Then things went wrong between them and they parted ways. She lives with constant fear that her ex-husband will take away her son. Logan is sensitive and caring towards her and helps her by training dogs, cleaning up the kennel or fixing things. He is also great with her son, Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart).
Ending of the movie is quite predictable. Hero of the movie is noble and the villain is grumpy and violent, so Logan gets lucky and Keith’s issue is peacefully resolved. Logan and Beth lives happily ever after.
There are a number of questions unanswered in the movie and the confusion remains about why Logan walks across states to find her or why he is not willing to tell Beth the real reason that why he came to her doorstep. Anyhow, the movie is a typical romantic flick and makes for a satisfying guilty pleasure. Zac Efron makes up for an eye candy, while the movie as a whole lacks in substance.