I’m starting to feel bad for Nicholas Sparks. A gifted novel writer who has offered some wonderful love stories in print are not transferring well to the big screen. At least not since 2004 for me with “The Notebook”. Looks like “The Lucky One” is following the same path. In this romantic drama Zac Efron is Logan a Marine who during his three tours in Iraq finds a photo of a beautiful woman. When he searches for who the photo belongs to with no takers he believes that she is somehow his guardian angel and if he makes it home will do whatever it takes to find her.
One home and following some investigating he discovers the girl in the photo is in North Carolina and travels there to meet her. When he meets Beth (Taylor Schilling) he finds it hard to be honest about why he traveled across the states to the K9 kennell and training club she helps run. Being honest about why he is in North Carolina does not come easy and he finds himself more attracted to the beautiful woman. In an attempt to remain close to her he accepts a job at the kennell and starts a friendship with Beth.
Undoubtly there is an attraction between the two, one that is compromised by Beth’s former relationship with the town’s Sherriff and the fact that they share a young child together. Like any love story things get complicated and it will be up to the love Beth and Logan share to survive the latest struggle.
“The Lucky One” was overkill on the romance and any attraction between the couple felt very forced. I did not feel the chemistry between Efron and Schilling. The character of Beth seemed to be struggling with more post traumatic stress from the war then Logan the actual marine. The entire bases of the relationship they shared I found awkward. I was really rooting for this Sparks’ novel to be a good film, but it does not jive. Another story of two people thrown together to somehow display that they are soul mates, but all it did was make me dislike these movies even more.