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Monday, July 26, 2010

[4.25/10] The Last Song (2010)

The Last Song (2010)

Short review: Miley Cyrus stars as a teenager who reconnects with her father years after her parents go through a nasty divorce in this adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. The emotional element of "The Last Song" was pivotal, as it is with most Nicolas Sparks book-to-screen projects. "The Last Song" was contrived, cliché and lackluster. Most of the characters were vapid and empty, the sad ending, and the love story ,were forced. Miley Cyrus did a fair job of portraying Ronnie Miller. She got better as the movie progressed but still didn't quite reach the level that Rachael McAdams did in "The Notebook". Liam Hemsworth was fine, and definitely pretty to look at. He has great charm, but he didn't have a lot to work with. The highlight for me was really Bobby Coleman as Ronnie's brother, Jonah. He was so emotional, so authentic and so likable, he literally lighted up the screen every time he appeared on it. Visually, "The Last Song" was nice to look at, thanks to its beautiful scenery and settings, and yet, I thought it needed more vividness and bright colors, to make it feel more lively. Cheesy, yet sometimes warm-hearted tear-jerker, "The Last Song" is an overly melodramatic love story, filled to the brim with clichés.

  • My Rating: 4.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 21% (4.0/10)
  • IMDb: 3.3/10


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The words Cyrus and Sparks would keep me away anyway!

Jaccstev said...

I wonder if the fate of Miley Cyrus will end up the same as that of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears - child stars usually end up being self destructive.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

I'm not a Miley Cyrus hater actually. She possesses some talent and although I don't like her music at all, I think she has a nice voice.
I also think she's a far better role model for the young generation, than most of those bad-behaved crappy singers, like Ke$ha, for example.

I thought "The Notebook" was a great adaptation. It was so emotional, it almost made me cry :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

I don't think she will end up the same as those two you've mentioned. Miley seems like a good girl - she's very sincere, natural and kind.
Britney just couldn't stand the pressure. As for Lindsay... well, she has always been the black sheep amongst celebrities :)