In a world where everything is marketed, The Lucky One did not enjoy extensive advertising, because of the plot which was very sensitive. The writer Nicholas Sparks has done something impressive which has turned a boring story into an engrossing tale, which may partly have something to do with the stars in the movie. Zac Efron is finally, earnestly, cutting the cord with The Highschool Musical, and is seen in regular movies with new casts and crews. Efron is the lead, and while you may not expect it, simply because of associated jokes, etc., he acted pretty well. No doubt he has been excellent at what he does, but people generally have pegged him as the teenage school boy. Efron though, has expanded. In this movie he is a U.S Marine, Sergeant Logan, and he nails his tough-guy look.
There is nothing new about the movie largely, yet it is engaging. It has a very Just My Luck feel, that Lindsay Lohan starrer, in case you don't remember. The whole movie rotates around luck and how the two different people meet. These type of movies actually makes no sense, but serve to give the youngsters (mostly kids) a feeling of fantasy and hope, that something like these fantasies will happen to them, which is very rare. Taylor Schilling plays the role of an insecure woman, and predictably leans on our hero, Zac. The movie is a mixture of comedy, romance and action, and there were some PG-13 scenes which were really uncalled for.
Because of Zac's overpowering character and his much stronger screen presence, he took over some scenes and that is the only reason the movie is a must watch. The story and plot of the movie is not bad but it might not appeal to you. However the acting and the well-written story have the capability to just carry you away. Little surprise there. The book from which the movie is adapted is by the same author who wrote The Notebook and Dear John, and the essence of The Notebook can clearly be seen. Notebook had the romantic thing going for it, and this one was also in the same league but couldn't match up ultimately.
There were some prolonged scenes which might lose your attention, but in a matter of no time you will snap back to the screen. Zav Efron and Taylor Schilling have good chemistry together and that is actually something that's missing from a lot of romances these days, surprisingly. The writer kept the movie simple and tried giving his message clearly: love can be found anywhere and anyhow. Taylor Schilling did justice to her role yet in some places she seems a bit too peeved, though that might just be because of her role. The Lucky One doesn't come close to the The Notebook, but still manages to have its own sprinklings of magic.
– Faiz Rohani