The Last Song

10 Apr

Title: The Last Song
Year: 2010
Director: Julie Ann Robinson
Writers: Nicholas Sparks and Jeff Van Wie, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks
Starring: Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Kelly Preston, Liam Hemsworth
MPAA Rating: PG, thematic material, some violence, sensuality and mild language
Runtime: 107 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 2.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 15%

We are used to seeing the film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels being super manipulative and wanting to make us cry, that however, has resulted in one terrific film, that one being The Notebook, and a couple of quite bearable ones, those being A Walk to Remember and Dear John, this one, however, is a total crapfest.

The Last Song is a film based on a novel Sparks wrote specifically to be made into a film with Miley Cyrus, and it also marks the first time he’s adapted one of his own novels, though with an helping hand from Mr. Jeff Van Wie, though how helping he was I do not know. Not to blame, however, is Ms. Cyrus, of whom I’m actually no fan at all, but who at least seems to have been trying very hard, I don’t think she’s good at acting, not even close, but I do think that someday she could be.

She plays Ronnie, a 16 year-old who wins the heart of a beach volleyball champion and who starts fixing her relationship with her dad, who’s a composer and a restorer of stained windows. And Hannah Montana actually does an okay job at making Ronnie likable, I still don’t love her and she’s not a good actress, but this film, as bad as it was, still gave me a glimmer of hope because I could see myself someday seeing a good film with her as a lead, I’m not saying it’s extremely likely, I just said that it’s a possibility now.

Ronnie is taken by her mother, played by Kelly Preston, along with her brother to spend the summer with their dad. Ronnie starts out being super whiny about the whole thing because she thought it was because of her dad that her parents had divorced but you know how that relationship will evolve by the time the movie’s done. A little thing you might catch, the song ‘She Will be Loved’ by Maroon 5 is one time played on the radio in the film, and if you like the band you’ll know Kelly Preston was in the video for that song, just sayin’.

This is a film, essentially, made to have teen girls crying and fangirling over Miley Cyrus and adopting Hemsworth as the next Robert Pattinson, seriously, I cannot see this film as anything else, the acting, even though Cyrus tries and Kinnear is actually quite okay, is completely uninspired because of a totally stale script and a seriously horrid direction. As a film made for Miley Cyrus fans this will probably work wonders, but as anything else then it falls devilishly short.

Grade: D+

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