'The Last Song'
(Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Liam Hemsworth, et al / PG / Disney)
Overview: 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.
Review: When most people hear others talking about the movie, 'The Last Song', I bet the first thing that comes to their mind is: Hannah Montana. But when you actually take time to watch the movie, you come to realize how much the two are different from each other. Miley has really come out of her shell in this movie, and shows how versatile her talent can be!
For those who haven't heard the plot to the movie, The Last Song- it's basically a story about a selfish/ rebellious teenager who is forced by her divorced parents to live with her father for the summer. Although the story sounds simple, who would have thought Miley Cyrus would be the one to be given a rebellious role given her past acting career.
The story line starts out with a curious church fire, during which the firemen carry out a body. The they fast forward about a year later to the beginning of the summer when Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) and Jonah (Bobby Coleman) Miller pull up to their father's, Steve Miller (Greg Kinnear), beach house. Jonah goes crazy with excitement to see his dad, while Ronnie isn't too happy. At the beginning you think she just didn't want to leave her house in New York for the summer, but later you start to realize her resentment towards her dad for many reasons.
So moving forward, you start wondering why she won't play piano after her father asks her several times to play AND after she received a scholarship to Juliard to be a pianist. Now, I can't give away who she ends up playing for first or why, but I can tell you it's surprising.
Now onto Ronnie's summer romance, Will Blakelee (Liam Hemsworth). Ronnie, being herself, pushed him away everytime Will would flirt with her. But once they found a common "hobbie," they became to get closer and closer to each other. But none of Nicholas Sparks' books can't be complete without the drama. Ronnie and Will get into many fights, the last one ending in Ronnie telling him to leave for good. Will leaves and starts college and I won't tell you if he comes back or not, but once again, it's surprising!
The story line itself has a great flow but a bit cliche with it's characters. There's the drug dealer who abuses his girlfriend, the snotty rich parent who looks down on her child's choice of girlfriend, a bitchy ex-girlfriend who tries to break the new couple up, and a wiser-than-his age younger brother. Although some minor characters should have either been included more or not at all. I expected more drama with people outside the major characters.
I saw good acting skills from Miley Cyrus, even though I still say she stays away from dramas until she matures a little! For the "newbie" Liam Hemsworth, I saw a good chemistry between Miley and him, a great body, and some pretty good acting skills. What I was really surprised about, where the acting skills by Bobby Coleman. He played his character, Jonah Miller, so well; I'm sure this won't be the last we see of him.
Putting all this into consideration, I give 'The Last Song' 3 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by Aria Reese