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Apr 21st
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'The Lucky One' Discussion Post  
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Feel free to discuss your feelings and impressions of The Lucky One here. And obvious point is obvious but...

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Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on April 21st, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Repeating some stuff from another one of my comments since this is probably where it belongs.

I saw it yesterday in an early afternoon showing, so I'm thinking that I'm going to be the only one in the theater, right? Wrong. The theater was packed; half with girls my age (some a little older) and the other half old ladies (like grandma age). There were lots of old people there.

The movie itself was really good. Probably because I'm a fan of these movies, but U thought Zac's acting, as well as the rest of the cast's was excellence. The movie did the book justice for the people who thought it wouldn't, it did. Zac portrayed a marine perfectly (like he was so believable). I will never understand the people who said Logan and Beth had no chemistry because they so did. Every time Clayton came into the picture, I would be like, "Nooo, go to Logan, Beth" Logan and Ben were adorable.

I guess the only thing that I would change in the movie is how they didn't make Keith as rude as possible. Like throughout the movie I didn't like Keith, but when he died at the end, I felt a tiny bit sorry for him and I kind of feel like I shouldn't. But that's the only "complaint" I have. Because everyone acted great, the story didn't feel rushed like other movies I've seen which I liked.

TLO theater experience rant: Let me just say that I'm pissed off at my movie theater right now. Like these type of Sparks movies do REALLY well here, and they did not have a TLO poster up inside the theater, just the posters they have outside with the rest of the movies. They had a TLAM poster, but no TLO poster when those movies do really well here. That made me mad because I was looking forward to taking a picture of the movie poster (like I've done with all of Zac's movie posters). /end of rant.

But overall, I really enjoyed the movie and so did the people that were in the theater when I saw it. After the movie, everyone stood up and clapped.

Also, I'm going again tomorrow with my family because they want to see it.
Sapphirasapphia on April 21st, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
What is the scene of rescue Ben in the end?
Some of the critics wrote that it was bad ... But I do not want to read the critics any more ... I want to know what you think?
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quillo on April 21st, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
i saw this last night and the theater was packed btw...but anyways, i loved the movie..i just really loved the character zac played and although the script didnt leave him with much, he made the character of logan that much better with his acting(idk if that makes sense). i also thought the scenery was very appealing and made it a pleasent movie to watch. i dont wanna only focus on his looks but, omg he is so beautiful and sexy and manly..i couldve literally watched this movie without sound...but also his voice, it was so deep and beautiful..so i couldve just listened to the movie too lol. the chemistry was spot on and i loved how they didnt just hook up right away..it took a little bit. even though some lines were cheesy i still swooned beecause things like that just warm my heart. i was so happy keith died..NOBODY spits apple at zachary and then points a gun at his dog!! i was like aaww shit. no. haha but anyway i really enjoyed this and i really wanna see it again but no one else will go with me. btw all my friends and my brother really liked the movie too.
Nicole Millerkellycefron on April 22nd, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
I liked it far more than I thought I would. I can see where critics wouldn't be big on it, but as a movie it's lovely to look at and it was executed well and they took a lot of the cheesy lines and moments the book had out which made the movie that much more enjoyable. Honestly I think some of the reviews are overly harsh because everyone's acting was on point and the directing was great. The only problem I really had was I felt like the ending and the beginning was a bit rushed, but other than that it gets a solid A from me.

On a sidenote, if your interested see Think Like A Man too because it was funny.
The Writers Denmusewriter on April 22nd, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
I'll be the first to say I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. As someone who read the book, I found myself doing a lot of comparison to it throughout the movie. I know you can't really do that, but it happened with me. I thought the beginning and end moved too fast. And there were a few times were Zac delivered his lines that seemed cringeworthy to me. (i.e. "Why did you come here? To find you." or "I can't remember the last time I had a plan.")

That said, I think overall he did well with the material he was given. I think I need to see it again to really appreciate it without comparing it to the book.

Sidenote: The man's eyes are hypnotizing. And the love scenes....just wow.
zacefronfan26 on April 22nd, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
I saw the Movie Monday Night, Last Night and This Morning In all the 3 times I've seen the Movie the Theater has been very packed. It's even Better then I was Expecting It's a Tender and Terrific Love story.

I was Impressed with Zac's Performance's it's Outstanding The Scenery was Wonderful Taylor schilling did Amazing as Beth. The Love scenes where so Romantic and Beautiful but still Steamy and Hot. I was Kinda Surprised there where a lot of Men seeing It they where their with Wife's Girlfriends or By themselves. They only thing that Made me mad was this mother who brought her 10 year old and Had a "complaint" because of the Love scenes.

I was Very Thrilled with Zac seeing Him in his first Mature and Complex role He's a Outstanding Actor. The Chemistry between Logan and Beth was just Unforgettable. I Give The Lucky 5 Stars of the best Nicholas Sparks's Movies and The Romantic Movie Of The Year.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on April 22nd, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
"They only thing that Made me mad was this mother who brought her 10 year old and Had a "complaint" because of the Love scenes."

Like who takes a 10 year old to a Nicholas Sparks movie which pretty much all involve some sort of intense love scene? Like it's rated PG13 for a reason.
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lilly4848lilly4848 on April 22nd, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
I really liked the film a lot. I think that, except for one part, the parts of the book that they left out were appropriate and did not take away from the story at all. I think they showed that he had PTSD pretty well. I LOVED the scene when Beth went ballistic about her brother, and how Logan comforted her. That was one of my favorite parts. I think that they could have put a little more emphasis on how bad Keith was. In the book you knew it because he was such a bad father to Ben, and because you knew he was sabotaging her relationships, etc. That wasn't really shown in the movie. My only real "complaint" if you want to call it that, is the way they changed the river/rescue scene. I think they should have left it like it was in the book. They should have had Zeus rescue Ben, and they should have left the audience wondering, briefly, if both Logan and Keith had died. I distinctly remember reading that and saying to myself, "Oh no! If Sparks killed Logan off I will be SO MAD!" That was actually one of the best parts of the book, IMO. I'd be interested in knowing how you guys feel about this.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on April 22nd, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
I would have preferred that ending, but I think this ending gave more integrity to Logan and humanized Keith more so you didn't completely hate his guts. I did like that even though Logan could have easily say that he saved Ben, he still said Keith did. I thought that was honorable of Logan.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on April 22nd, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Casting did a great job, especially with Taylor/Riley/Blythe- their familial chemistry was off the charts (especially the former two). Taylor was astounding as Beth. I read TLO and was not fond of her character, however helped breathe new life into her persona and brought such a charm that it was easy to root for her. Beth telling off Keith was a particular moment of stand out acting chops. She fit well in the role of a leading lady/co-star.

It's not his strongest role, BUT it was interesting to see how he portrayed Logan- the change in body stance and how he carried himself and accent. I don't believe he was miscast, but this role lacked any layer of genuine substance. I yearned to know more about Logan- maybe a bit more back story to his family (his sister and nephews were virtually gone in a flash). If the film could have 20 more minutes I'd also have liked to see how Logan dealt with his PTSD. I loved Zac's on-screen chemistry with both Riley and Taylor- it's some of the better scene acting I've seen thus far in his career and the believability was apparent from square one.

And can we just talk about DAT ASS? I was basically like:
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(I was going to have an actual all out fit if I saw Zac's teeth nipping at skin one more time.)

2011 Screening vs. Theatrical Release:

- Different opening sequence. The screener started immediately with the war/ambush scene. The Logan voice-over/river wasn't in the 1st LA screening. [NOTE TO CADY: They fixed the Iraqi disco!]

- Longer shower scene. I attended a showing alongside 2 other people who had also been at a screening last year and we all agreed that the scene appeared lengthened. I assumed it was more kissing zoom-ins.

- Soundtrack changes (FAR less Top 20 and more score).

A 7:50pm Marina del Rey theater showing was about 30-45% full, predominantly female and the ages ranged anywhere from ~14-60+. There was lots of audible gasping during the kissing/love scenes and people laughed on cue for the funnier moments (Logan's Dr.Seuss line, Ellie poking fun at Beth slowly washing a pan, etc). I was surprised to hear as much sniffling at the end as I did- I thought the movie ended on a happy note, so I was looking around a bit like 'What are you crying about?'
lilly4848lilly4848 on April 22nd, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Some people cry when they are happy, or just touched emotionally somehow. It's a terrible thing to have to live with.     
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(Elle): film : hunger games.bond_girl on April 22nd, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
It was packed where I was - with Zac fans and with Sparks fans.

I liked it more than I expected but some scenes and relationships didn't work for me: I went for the Notebook 2.0 sex scenes but frankly, I ended up liking Zac's chemistry with the kid and the dogs more. Idk :) Otherwise, it seems unfair to pick this movie apart for plot or believability as any NS adaptation is an easy target - just roll with it and enjoy the view.
kleth on April 22nd, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
"Otherwise, it seems unfair to pick this movie apart for plot or believability as any NS adaptation is an easy target"

I would have preferred to see Our Boy is a *serious* romantic drama, but if the Sparks fans are making the difference at the box office, then I'll grit my teeth and roll with it.

My grievance is that this movie is too compliant with the romantic drama formula. I was never surprised by the major plot turns. And worse, I thought a lot of the drama was contrived. Logan had a zillion chances to tell Beth his story. I know they tried to show that he had some mental block against spitting it out, but I didn't buy it. Of course, they had to keep Logan silent about the photo so that it could create the required crisis that threatens the relationship in the rom dram formula. But did anyone really think that Beth was going to let him go over that?

It's possible to produce a good romantic drama, but you have to use fresh approaches and play with the formula so the audience says "Wow, I didn't see that coming".
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K'lyssabewitchedxsoul on April 22nd, 2012 05:36 am (UTC)
I just got home from a 9:50 showing and the theater was completely packed. There were lots of couples - but also lots of people that came with friends and there was a pretty big variety as far as ages go.

I loved the movie. I thought the book was kind of slow and it was really hard to get into - so I was presently surprised that the movie picked right up. Great movie!
kleth on April 23rd, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
By the way, I want to register my approval of the sticky post concept. The one deficiency of the Live Journal format is that it is almost impossible to conduct a continuing discussion compared with traditional discussion forum formats where a thread can be extended forever. Here, when there are two or three new posts, folks move on. So, when topics worthy of continued discussion come along, lets have more sticky posts.
countessm3countessm3 on April 23rd, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
Well, the movie was better than I expected - I only threw-up in my mouth once - but I'm still buying the "I survived a Nicholas Sparks movie" t-shirt.
My identifcation with Beth as the single mom with an adorable son and an asshole, controlling ex is undoubtedly the primary reason the movie was interesting to me. I was not fortunate enough to have a giant treehouse to fall on my ex, but prison ultimately performed the same function: freeing my son to grow up as a wonderful, sweet, well-adjusted guy.
Taylor REALLY surprised me - she's very good! We all know Zac is a good actor; I will say I saw a few "Cruise" faces from time to time, which amused me. (-:
The characters are well-developed; the chess scenes reminded me of the time I taught my son how to play chess and he whipped my ass from then on out.
If there was anything askew, it was Sparks' concept of a Marine. Having been around jarheads on more than a few occasions, I can say that most of them are uncouth, their favorite phrase is "Semper-Fi" and if you can manage to get them to say entire sentence without a curse word or vulgarity, then you are doing very, very well.
Logan came across as a spec ops guy; they are more intelligent, better able to maintain a split in presentation between "civil life" and "military life", and generally present better in public.

That said, I'm willing to forget the real versus the imaginary in this case since I prefer Logan's quiet strength over most marines' rowdy, belligerent behavior.
countessm3countessm3 on April 24th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
PS: And it didn't hurt I knew the hymns and could sing alto to "and he walks with me and he talks with me and he tells me I am his own" - straight from a good Baptist / Methodist hymn book.
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