Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The Lucky One film review

Went to see this film today and I really enjoyed it.  The Lucky One stars Zac Efron (High School Musical, 17 Again) as Logan, a Marine who travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq to search for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.  Taylor Schilling (from TV series Mercy) stars as Beth, the woman in the photograph that he believes kept him safe.  Unable to tell her why he is there, when he finally tracks her down, he accepts the job offer that she presumes he has come for and this leads to him getting closer to her and her family, much to her ex-husband Keith's (Judging Amy, Sleeper Cell, Easy Money, Mad Money) annoyance.  Her mother Ellie (the excellent Blythe Danner) and her son Benjamin (The Beaver) take to him, but she finds it difficult to trust him following the death of her brother (also a Marine) and her ill-judged high-school marriage that ended badly.  Based on the book by Nicholas Sparks, this film was very emotional and as usual, had me crying most of the way through it (I know, I'm a softie) but I recommend it as a great girlie watch.  7/10

My children went to see Ice Age 4 and they thought it was very good, better than the last movie.  It had lots of new characters, but most of the old ones (Buck appears for 2 seconds), and although most of the characters are a bit crazy, they seem to always pull through (except Sid predictably).  The continents are drifting (thanks to Scrat) and they have to find a new home, but Manny, Sid, Diego and Granny drift away on ice and encounter pirates, sirens and more.  In all, a good film but not as good as the first movie.  8/10

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