THE LAST SONG, 2010
Starring: Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Bobby Coleman, Liam Hemsworth
Rebellious teen and former child piano prodigy, Ronnie, and her younger brother Jonah are taken to spend the summer with their father who left the family several years prior. Ronnie refuses to be nice to or even talk to her father and falls in with a crowd of "punk kids" before falling in love with a local rich kid.
Yeah, yeah yeah, I know... I lose my man card for watching this movie. In that case, you'll have to just go ahead and shred my man card because I actually really enjoyed "The Last Song" and think it ranks up there with two of Nicholas Sparks' other movies: "A Walk To Remember" and "The Notebook". Even if it DOES star Miley Cyrus.
Ronnie and her brother Jonah are driven by their mom from New York to a small beach town in Georgia where the two are going to spend the summer living with their father. Jonah is hugely excited about the opportunity, but Ronnie (who was arrested for shoplifting just before the trip) is angry about her mom's choice to make her live with her dad for the whole summer. She still hasn't forgiven her dad for leaving them a couple of years prior, and is also annoyed by the fact that she knows he still plays the piano and writes music and will probably try to get her to play as well (Ronnie is a former child piano prodigy who gave up music when her dad left them, despite being accepted to Julliard). When they arrive at their father's house, Jonah instantly wants to check out the house and the beach and the workshop. Ronnie glares at her father, Steve, and makes her way down the beach to a carnival.
At the carnival, Ronnie runs into Will (or rather he runs into her): a chiseled high school grad playing volleyball and trying to flirt with her. Not long after their messy collision in which her milkshake gets spilled on her shirt, Ronnie meets and makes friends with Blaze- a somewhat emo girl that a few hours later brings Ronnie to meet her live-in boyfriend Marcus and his friends who are all fire jugglers and hipsters. Marcus hits on Ronnie, which Blaze misinterprets as Ronnie doing the flirting.Meanwhile, back at Steve's, Steve teaches Jonah how to help as he builds a stained glass window for the church that's being rebuilt after a fire (that according to the locals, Steve himself set).
The next day at a store in town, Ronnie confronts Blaze about what happened with Marcus. Blaze won't listen to reason, and frames Ronnie for stealing by planting a bracelet in her purse. Once home, Ronnie discovers a turtle nest. She sleeps beside it to keep raccoons away and calls the local aquarium to send someone out. The aquarium sends Will and he spends the night beside the nest with Ronnie. The two start to become close and begin going out together once Ronnie finally lets her defenses down. They have their ups and downs as Ronnie hears gossip about Will dating many girls, and getting the idea that she's not good enough for him when she discovers that he's rich. But her growing relationship with Will sparks her interest in music again, which helps to rekindle her relationship with her father.
When somebody hears about "The Last Song" (or watches it), they can't help but wonder why in the world was Miley Cyrus chosen for the role of Ronnie. Well, a little known fact about the movie is that it was actually written for Miley Cyrus! See, Miley got it in her head that she is talented and important enough to be the star in a Nicholas Sparks style movie like "A Walk To Remember" starring Mandy Moore. So, her people hired Nicholas Sparks to write a movie for her to star in. He wrote both the screenplay and novel "The Last Song" and actually finished the screenplay first, making it his first screenplay.
Despite my dislike with Miley Cyrus on principal (the only reason she's famous is because her dad got her in with Disney), she actually wasn't terrible in this movie. In fact, if she never had to speak, she would be great! Ok, yeah, that sounds like a big insult, but it's kindof not... her facial expressions and body language are perfectly suited for this sort of role and I really believed in her connection with Will, and then with her father, Steve. The problem was when she spoke... her delivery of lines leaves something to be desired. There were a few times where it sounded like she was reading cue cards, despite the rest of her (facial expression and body language) being very believeable.
The rest of the cast in this film did a great job, however. Especially young Bobby Coleman, who played the role of Jonah. This child actor is fantastic and he showed incredible range and emotion in this film. This kid may have flopped in "Martian Child", but after his stellar performance in "The Last Song" and (from what I've heard) "Snowmen", he's sure to go places quickly in his career.
The music in this movie was stunning. The cinematography was gorgeous. The story is very well written and intricate and made me feel involved with the characters.
Yeah, I know, I'm admitting to liking a Miley Cyrus movie. But give it (and me) a break and just check out the movie for yourself. If you like "The Notebook" and "A Walk To Remember", you'll love "The Last Song". And the romantic relationship here is MUCH more believable than the one in "Dear John", I promise!
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