Review: ‘Lucky’ Enough for Love

By Alexandra Gutierrez

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault walks into the unknown with the rest his crew for a night raid. After losing a couple men, he and his comrades gather outside in the new morning where he finds a picture of a woman. This picture, even though he doesn’t know her, saves his life and gives him hope. It’s his “angel in the middle of hell.”

“The Lucky One” hit theaters on April 20 and, like every other Nicholas Sparks movie, while it was a hit at the box office, it did leave some people disappointed.

“The Lucky One” was directed by Scott Hicks. Hicks is more known for TV documentaries instead of blockbuster movies, but he is the man behind the 2007 romanic comedy, “No Reservations.” The leading lady, Taylor Schilling, has never had her face projected in a big-hit movie, but she’s had her fair share of primetime. She was the star of the TV drama “Mercy” and has been in an independent film named “Dark Matter.” Zac Efron, on the other hand, has had several movie appearances. He’s been the star in all three High School Musical films, worked next to Matthew Perry in “17 Again,” danced around in “Hairspray,” saved the trees in “Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax,” and mourned over his little brother in “Charlie St. Cloud.”

In “The Lucky One,” Thibault (Efron) walks from Colorado to Louisiana to find the woman in the picture that saved his life, Elizabeth (Schilling). When he gets there, he plans to come clean and tell her the whole reason he’s there but when he sees her, he begins to feel a little differently and ends up settling down and getting a job. He begins to fall in love with her family and soon falls in love with her, but it’s not easy seeing as her ex-husband is out to get him and reveals his secret. After tragic strikes the family, Elizabeth is finally able to see Thibault for who he really is and they live happily ever after.

The movie is almost nothing like the book. There are lots of differences throughout the movie, but Hicks does a good job of re-making the story. To those who have read the book, I wouldn’t suggest pointing out every difference to yourself as the movie goes on, especially if you want to enjoy it.

“The Lucky One” is just like every other Sparks movie, but that hasn’t kept people from watching his movies before. This movie, just like “The Notebook,” “A Walk to Remember,” and “Dear John,” is definitely worth a watch, even if you’re not a Sparks fan.

“The Lucky One” is rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.

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