I'll go ahead and speak for everyone when I say that The Notebook was the best love story of all time. I mean, come on. Allie and Noah? If you're a bird, I'm a bird? That Nicholas Sparks really knows how to tug at your heartstrings, doesn't he? Well, stock up on some tissues because his latest movie, The Lucky One, hits theaters nationwide today.
Directed by Scott Hicks, The Lucky One follows U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (played by eye-candy Zac Efron) as he arrives home from Iraq with a photograph he found of a beautiful woman (Taylor Schilling). After finding this mystery woman, he realizes he's falling in love with her, but the complications in her life might prevent them from their happily ever after.
Hmmm ... I don't know, you guys. Could this really live up to The Notebook? Well, according to the movie reviews ...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:
The Lucky One doesn't have the schlock rapture of The Notebook (the one Sparks adaptation that has really worked). The trouble with the movie isn't that it's too girly-swoony; it's that it tries to achieve emotion through glowy sunsets and a paint-by-numbers script.
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter:
... director Scott Hicks serves up this treacly tale with absolutely no trace of self-consciousness about the material's cliches or simple-mindedness.
Sara Stewart, New York Post:
I'm beginning to think writer Nicholas Sparks isn't one person at all, but a roomful of ladies doing Harlequin-romance Mad Libs.
Peter Travers, The Rolling Stone:
Consider yourself lucky if this review is the closest you get to the contamination known as The Lucky One.
Damn, the critics are really beating this one down. Poor Nicholas Sparks. But, at least the trailer looks good:
In my opinion, the main flaw is the casting. Zac Efron? Really? Believe me, I know he's dreamy. And he's certainly bulked up for this role. But he's no Ryan Gosling. I just can't picture him as this sexy leading man who will do anything to win the heart of the damsel in distress. I mean, wasn't he just bopping around to cheesy songs in High School Musical like ... yesterday?
Will you be seeing The Lucky One this weekend?
Image via The Lucky One