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Truly representative of the most important lessons of our lives.....,
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As a writer and philosopher, this movie in particular just blew me away. The first time I saw the previews for it, I remember thinking that it seemed to have an interesting quality to it which appealed to both my intellectual trades mentioned above. The first time I saw it, I was just blown away, as have I been in the three other times I've gone to see it.
Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) comes off as being the kind of character who you can really learn a lot from in terms of lust plain old life experiences in general. What other people brand as being 'mushy' or 'cheesy' I see as being the truth towards understanding how no matter what hand of cards you're dealt in your life, there is always hope. All you got to to is go and find it. Logan finds himself in this situation while on deployment in the Middle East, where a single, split second decision to pick up a photo amidst a pile of rubble undoubtedly comes to change the course of his entire life. After coming to the realization that finding that photo truly spared his life, along with knowing so many others were not so lucky, he finds himself obliged and determined to find the girl in the photo and thank her.
After a brief stay with his sister in Colorado, he sets off on foot to find this girl. His search takes him to a small town in Louisiana where once meeting her, his initial goal of thanking her is derailed as he suddenly finds himself falling in love with her, as well as growing to be very fond of both her eight-year-old son and her feisty grandmother. One thing in particular that I admired greatly about Logan's character is that he never once detered or swayed when it came to helping someone else in need, or standing beside them when they needed support. This is shown in the film when he rises to support Beth when she is grieving over the loss of her brother as well as amidst the conflict with her abusive ex-husband. At the same time, his imperfections are conveyed through his struggle to come clean with the true reason for which he intended to find Beth.
Out of everything, the most prominent element of Logan's character which resonated in my mind is the level of humility present in his character. He's not afraid to see things as they really are in his life, and tries his best to change what he can. Even when confronting Beth over the matter of Derek's picture, he makes his best effort to address the situation as honestly as he can, even when it could mean losing Beth and her family forever. Probably the most shining moment of the movie comes at the end, after Logan explains to Beth the details of her brother's death which she has wanted to know since his death, when the sum of all of Logan's actions come together to reward him in the form of Beth saying to him, "You belong here."
I know this as a fact, from personal experience, to be one of life's greatest lessons, and some people's inability to understand it is to be expected, as people are not perfect. That just makes the experiences of those who do even more culturally prominent, because passing that lesson on to another person is undoubtedly the most remarkable gift one person can give to another. Therefore, I raise my glass to Sparks, Efron and all those involved and say,
"Well done, my friends. Well done."
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Initial post: May 3, 2012 3:13:20 PM PDT
I wholeheartedly agree. I loved this movie and I have seen it three times (so far) as well. It's a beautiful story with deep characters. If you the maturity, you will see the depth and the lessons. Congratulations to the whole team for making a wonderful movie! I look forward to the DVD....
Posted on Jul 30, 2012 5:11:46 AM PDT
Thank you a good and well thought out review...that did not have spoilers in it and ruin the movie. Great job!
Posted on Aug 28, 2012 9:56:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 28, 2012 9:57:09 PM PDT
Rachel Livermore says:
Posted on Sep 1, 2012 4:48:09 PM PDT
This would have been a good movie for teenage fans of Efron to watch on the Disney Channel or Nick at Night... or for women who like dime store romance novels on Lifetime Network. Had "made for TV" all over it. As for the philosopher/writer who reviewed it and mentioned "it blew me away" not once, but three times (all alone I'm sure)... I hope you enjoy your senior prom next year.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2012 3:34:35 PM PDT
Truly spoken like someone who is too immature to understand. BTW, My senior prom was 9 years ago.
Posted on Oct 27, 2012 3:46:38 PM PDT
Great feedback- loved the movie and you are definitely right this movie does all that you say. Awesome movie and review~
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 3:37:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 3:38:31 PM PST
To Rachel Livermore, names were changed in the movie.
Posted on Dec 19, 2012 9:30:47 AM PST
there is no way possible you watched the same movie as i
Posted on Feb 20, 2013 6:05:47 AM PST
I adored this movie. I watched it 3 times in a row when I first discovered it. No, I am not a teeny bopper fan of Efron's. I am in my 40's and this is the first movie I have seen him in. He has talent, is quite handsome and I really enjoyed his calm, understated performance. How could Beth NOT fall in love with a man like this character? He has honor, chivaly, he is kind, loves animals and children, protects his adopted family etc. I found myself quite taken with him. The cast was a delight, everyone perfect in their parts. I was glad when Keith bit it, Jay Ferguson was so good in that role, I will have a hard time seeing him as anything other then a stalking, controling, stupid redneck! 4 Stars for this movie!
In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2014 8:47:19 AM PDT
Um the movie sets it in Louisiana, and drake's name is mentioned like twice so Derek is a reasonable mistake to make. It's too bad you wrote this before seeing the movie.