The Last Song Reviews
I really don't tend to get into Nicholas Sparks's stories. I liked A Walk to Remember, but that seems to have been my limit with it.
Update 2014. Somehow I found myself sitting through this one again. Someone raved to me about how good it was, so I wondered if I missed something and caught it on tv. Actually with lowered expectations, it wasn't as painful as I remember, and yes, actually quite sad if you sit through till the end.
Still not saying I loved it, but original review was probably a bit harsh.
1. They think the main guy in this is hot.
2. The movie plays out the romance that they post about on Facebook, but they'll never get to experience.
In The Last Song Miley Cyrus spends time with her brother and dad on her father's beach house after their parent's divorce. She finds love and that's the story. The biggest problem with the movie right away is that Cyrus just isn't likable. She treats everyone around her like crap and she does nothing but whine about having to spend time on a beach house. Trust me, she's not the only unlikable character. Her brother is a bad acting child actor whose dialogue consists of stuff Michelle Tanner from Full House would say, her dad is just some guy, and Cyrus's boyfriend (Liam Hemsworth) is just a generic "that guy" with no personality. The movie is also incredibly predictable. Every time there's a dialogue scene, I was able to guess what cheesy line would be spilled out, every time there was a romance scene, I could tell what move Hemsworth would pull on Cyrus. I didn't like the acting either. Cyrus spends most of the movie bitching and in the scenes where her character is suppose to be happy, she still looks like she's about to start pouting. Hemsworth was really wooden in his role and brought nothing to the character. Another really dumb thing about the movie is the turtle hatching scene. Some of the scenes have Cyrus caring over turtle eggs and half of the movie builds up to them hatching. There are two problems with that scenario:
1. Why would you build up something as simple as turtle hatching?
2. If you're going to build up to a scene, make it last more than 30 seconds.
I'm not kidding, the turtles hatching doesn't last long because it's replaced with another stupid story arc concerning the dad. By the end of the movie, I didn't even care what had happened. There wasn't any flow to the story, the characters were boring, the plot was cliche, the dialogue was hammy and the acting was pathetic. The only purpose this movie served was making money and trying to pass off as an unofficial sequel to The Notebook.
Total chick flick, if you enjoy that sort of thing, you'll enjoy this one.
Nate's Grade: C
I'm not going to blame Miley Cyrus' ability to act on the low point of the film. She did a nice job transitioning from Hannah Montana to a darker, not as tween-based character.
Director: Julie Anne Robinson
Summary: Miley Cyrus has top billing as 17-year-old Ronnie Miller, a rebellious former piano prodigy who doesn't hide her hostility after being sent off to spend the summer in Georgia with her estranged father (Greg Kinnear). Rebuffing her dad's attempts to reconnect, the aloof Ronnie begins to thaw when she meets beach volleyball Will Blakelee (Liam Hemsworth).
My Thoughts: "OK, so I didn't know very much about the film and I haven't read any of Sparks books, so I watched this knowing little to nothing. But my niece is an avid fan of Cyrus, and knowing that a couple of the movies that have been made based on Sparks books have turned out great, I would give this one a go as well. I am not saying its a bad movie, but its not great either. It falls in between those lines. I have only seen Miley act in one other film and that was the Hannah one (like I said, niece is an avid fan). I assumed that was just how that character was in that film, so it was a fresh look at her in playing this role. She was just OK for me. I think she did better with the father and daughter scenes, but some of her acting seemed off. Like she wasn't connecting with her character. But there is this little boy named Bobby Coleman that plays Jonah, and he steals every scene he is in. He's totally believable in his character. He definitely had me in tears. The movie is of course sad (just like all Sparks books to films). I thought Liam Hemsworth did really good in this as well. Greg Kinnear was great as the father. It's an emotional roller coaster but its worth the rental. Definitely not as bad as some have made it out to be. I think this movie will speak more to the younger crowed.. I remember when I use to be part of that crowed.lol.. Anyways, worth the rental."
The film revolves around Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) who is a rebellious teenager. She is sent to spend the summer with her father (Greg Kinnear) in Georgia. You know what's going to happen, she meets a guy that is not in her class, yet they still fall in love. Aaaaaaawww. But, alas, this is a Nicholas Sparks story- someone is going to die.
That's your basic plot in a nutshell. Very simple, seen before, will be seen again as long as Nicholas Sparks can still create sentences. There is one essential problem with The Last Song. One thing turns this movie from a mediocre-average romantic comedy to complete garbage. That problem is Miley Cyrus. You see, she can't act. Not at all. It's not there. Not even close. Whoever told her she could go from her pop bubble gum bullshit to drama like this is an idiot. This is the worst single performance I have seen in years. Years! I would call her acting skills on par with anyone in the original I Spit On Your Grave. That crap may work on the Disney Channel, but in real movies it's called shit. Pure shit.
Like I said, take away the Cyrus performance and you have a mediocre movie to begin with. She sends this to oblivion. There's probably a dozen young actresses out there that should have gotten this role, but they don't sell lunch boxes and movie tickets as well. Let's hope Miley's fifteen minutes ends before she soils a movie screen again.
Seventeen-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Tybee Island, Georgia. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father ...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer on Tybee Island with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms - first love, the love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts ...and heal them.
see, this movie is obviously not funny. but why are some people confused? Its right there in front of you, plain as day and not funny. so what happened? i think there is a chain reaction somehow. If one girl likes something, no matter what it is, and it turns into 4 then 8 then 16 girls, then whats to stop it from growing uncontrollably? There must be a certain part in the female's brain that makes you like something as soon as other girls like it without allowing proper thoughts to take place.
So how far can this disease go? If i didnt shower for a year and told a girl " its ok, i dated Kristen Stewart", i would soon enough be liked by not just this one girl, but millions. All unaware of why they like men who smell like old pizza, but they know they like it. It happened. Just as puberty and that one-time lesbian experience happened before it. Sounds far-fetched, but they said the same thing about the moon landing, right?