Another Nicholas Sparks novel has made its way to the big screen this time in the form of “The Lucky One” starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner. I’m all for sappy, romantic tales of love and loss, but this film delved a bit deeper than your typical girl meets boy story line.
Efron plays U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault who is sent home from his third tour of duty in Iraq. Convinced that a photograph of a mysterious woman he found while on the last leg of her tour is what ultimately saved his life, he sets about finding her in order to thank her.
This story not only follows the budding romance between Efron and Schilling, but also takes the viewer through Schilling’s own struggle to accept the loss of her brother, also a U.S. Marine, and her day to day life as a single mother.
While in Atlanta to promote the film, Schilling pointed out that her character, Beth, is dealing with many difficulties and has many “rough edges” that make her a more real, relatable woman. She is not just a damsel in distress, but a strong woman who “comes to the table with a lot of life experience.”
“She doesn’t change for him (Efron’s character),” said Schilling. “He loves her for who she is and that’s what makes their love so powerful.” Full of heart, this movie will definitely make yours skip a beat.