Gasp! Not The Notebook! She didn't insult THE NOTEBOOK!!! Are you really that surprised? Now don't get me wrong. I won't say that when I first saw it as a high schooler I didn't enjoy the movie as much as the next girl. If you embrace the melodrama and recognize it for what it is, it is a little bit fun and Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling certainly have a lot of chemistry to be sure. (Honestly though, way more into Gosling's looks now than then! Especially during his "younger" scenes.) But is it a great film or even a good film? No. And it certainly isn't the most beautiful, unforgettable love story of a generation. This is one of those prime examples of how I tend to hate things more over time when people refuse to acknowledge flaws and overly praise something. Like every other Sparks film it's pretty manipulative, schmaltzy and worst of all: cliched. His trite formula was bad enough with The Notebook and now he's repackaged it into the same movie 4 times since. Don't believe me? Here's proof:
I barely remember a thing about Nights in Rodanthe but Dear John and The Last Song were so "by the numbers" it was painful. Falling in love montage here, plot device keeping them away there, and now let's add in a death somewhere along the way to try and force the audience to actually feel something. Too bad we don't care because we can't get invested in these paper thin characters. So why am I writing this blog now? Well along comes the latest offering.....the Zac Efron starrer The Lucky One. And when I mean "comes along" I mean it came to the dollar theater. You better believe I don't pay full price for that crap anymore, but if I am bored enough I'll see almost anything when it comes to the dollar theater (ie The Vow and This Means War). So where does it rank along with the others? Well the only thing I can say in its favor that doesn't make it the worst of the lot is that at least it doesn't have Miley Cyrus in it. Otherwise it really might earn the title (then again the Dear John twist was pretty freaking bad too..) Oh and here's the other poster ripoffs too :)
Like his other films the "falling in love" montages were in full force and we really saw barely a hint of depth in either of them besides what anyone with half a brain could come up with and that we've seen a thousand times before. The manufactured conflict was pretty much preposterous, whether it be his ridiculous dilemma in telling her the truth behind why he wanted to meet her (that no sane person would take offense at..) or her cartoonishly jealous ex-husband standing in the way of their happiness. He definitely made the movie more entertaining though since he actually provided comic relief...whether it was intentional or not. In fact his machinations towards the end pretty much had me holding in laughter that I suppressed up until I walked out of the theater...and then it alllllll came out. I don't know if I laughed that hard unintentionally since The Wicker Man. But hey, the movie DID have two things going for it: the fact that Zac Efron is hot and that he also looks like he's quite the kisser. So if that's the only thing you need from a movie, by all means see it...but don't say I didn't warn you if you find yourself dying laughing at a few of the signature Sparks plot twists towards the end....if you can even make it that far.
But the best part of our dollar theater experience? Going to our row and seeing 3 girlfriendless dudes behind us who came to the movie with each other. As I walked to my seat I sarcastically said "So Zac Efron huh!?" They either thought that I myself was a huge Efron fan, or they didn't appreciate me mocking them. Either way it didn't go over too well. Haha! Ah well. Boys at a Zac Efron movie, though humorous, isn't my ideal "meet cute " anyway haha!
But back to Sparks. The dude is really so arrogant that his drivel deserves to be torn to pieces. With quotes in interviews that equate himself to the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen and Shakespeare all in the same breath as well as adding that currently “there are no authors in my genre. No one is doing what I do,” it's really hard not to think he is just some delusional hack. Even better? When asked what his favorite coming of age tale of all time was he told an interviewer that it was in fact his own work: A Walk To Remember, then after a moments paused felt like he should add To Kill A Mockingbird to its company. Gee how lucky we are to have this literary genius among us. And not to worry, our next Sparks adaptation is scheduled for next year. Anywho that's about all the ranting I can handle for now but if you're in the mood for some more ripping of Sparks, Cracked.com has a pretty good article on his works HERE