‘The Lucky One’ is based on the bestselling novel of the same name, by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John and The Last Song) . The story follows U.S Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) on his return from his third tour in Iraq. Having found a photograph of a complete stranger amongst the destruction of the warzone, Logan believes it is the reason he is still alive. Upon his return, he sets out to find out who the mysterious woman is. Once he has found Beth (Taylor Schilling) and where she lives, (kind of stalker-ish, but easily forgiven) Logan invites himself to her world, taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite the complications they both face, the inevitable happens…
The cookie cutter mould of Zac Efron has been well and truly discarded. Having grown up during his stint in the ‘High School Musical’ franchise, Efron has been keen to change the perception surrounding him, from being a mere ‘heartthrob’ to an acting force to be reckoned with. Don’t get me wrong, the training he did with the Marines for the role, the muscle he’s put on, is no bad thing, however, it also provides credit and authenticity to not only the role, but to Efron’s commitment to his craft.
The Nicholas Sparks novels are all written with the promise of love, of destiny and hope. Efron explains ‘Because I think really, we all hope that that’s what love is, destiny.’ ‘The Lucky One’ won’t disappoint.
Now, can he be my boyfriend please?