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First, I'll be honest, I am going to go into the movie with low expectations. I was a little disappointed in The Last Song movie adaptation, and Dear John left me a little meh. But, I hope that The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle magic can be created again with The Lucky One.
Zac Ephron seems a little young for this role to me because it's about a war vet that comes home and seeks out the woman from a photo that he found while serving overseas. However, he continues to grow on me as an actor. I hope that he and his co-star Taylor Schilling the passion and intensity from the book between the characters is recreated from the book.
Not in a lusty way (although there is some of that), but more about the betrayal, confusion, and powerful connection between the characters despite the odds and circumstances. And the hatred that arises between the two male characters definitely needs to be included in the movie to amp up the conflict like in the book.
I really enjoyed this book, and the debate it brings up about fate vs. choice in matters of the heart. We are drawn to people in our lives for a variety of reasons, and Sparks uses this unique situation to show that sometimes, things really are meant to be and the whys and hows can't be explained.