The Last Song

Matters of the Heart

"The Last Song" is definitely the text book definition of a true chick flick. Normally, I don't care for films like this, as the plots are very derivative, predictable, and way over dramatized to the point where you just want to shoot yourself in the head. Seriously, most chick flicks are just that freaking depressing to me but to be fair, "The Last Song" does offer a few good qualities to look at. What surprised me the most about "The Last Song" was the performance of Miley Cyrus.

As she not only managed to convincingly pull of a character, who is depressed and somewhat of a social outcast with a heart of gold, but she does it despite the fact she acts so bitter around her good intentioned father throughout most of the film. This is apparently obvious in the beginning, when we see Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) snub her father's affections when greeting her for the first time in months. Then goes off walking along the sunny summer beach while wearing a sweater with her hands tucked into her pockets; acting as though she's scared and timid by her surroundings. Something that I can't say is even expected out of Cyrus, since she normally plays the flashy southern girl, in "Hanna Montana", and her recent exploits in tabloid magazines, internet videos, and newspapers don't really paint a picture of a shy and normal girl to be quite honest. Yet it seems Miley pulls it off quite easily, as it makes me wonder if maybe she's not another teen idol that's destined to burn out after all once her youth is gone. In fact, I think she might have a bright future as an actress/singer, as long as she doesn't allow any bad influences around her.

I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of hers to quite honest, but this film comes awfully close to converting me to one. As I'm sure, many Miley Cyrus fans will love her performance in this movie. Heck, even I did, and I didn't even like the girl before watching "The Last Song."

Another redeeming factor of this was Greg Kinnear (Steve Miller), who plays the father of this movie. Although it sadly seems he's one of most under rated actors of his generation, but that doesn't stop him from shining through in this movie. As he plays a father who left his family due to the stress of his struggling marriage, that causes him to leave. Normally, most people would assume that a man who walks out on his family is a bit of a jerk, but Greg manages to somehow make his character likable and conflicted. Almost to where you couldn't blame him for some of the mistakes he's made in the past. Plus, the chemistry between him and Miley is just amazing to watch. Thus, allowing for the audience to buy into their story even more.

Sadly, this is where the praises end though. As much as I loved Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear's performances in this movie, I found the rest of the story often too predictable...and dry.  Often coming off as a cliche ridden soap opera, with too many subplots that do little to help the main story arc.  Such subplots like the best friend, Blaze (Carly Chaikin), who dates a jerk who abuses and cheats on her constantly, but it allows various moments to show viewers just how truly compassionate Ronnie is.  I guess the part where she spends all night, at the beach outside her house, trying to protect sea turtle eggs from raccoons wasn't enough to show audiences the level of her kindness, huh? 

Plus, if that wasn't enough, I found Miley's co-star love interest and real life boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth (Will Blakelee), to be rather bland and uncharismatic in his performance.  Seriously, half the time I couldn't even tell when the guy was being serious or not, as you can just flat out tell the guy was acting out lines from a script.  With hardly any emotion showing at all in his performance.  But hey, I guess it wouldn't be first time a pretty boy actor, with lame acting skills, got more attention he deserved......*cough*....Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner...*cough.* 

Overall, "The Last Song" does play out like a bad teen soap opera, as the story is cliched and predictable as sin.  Fortunately, I thought Miley and Greg's performances and chemistry carried this film, to make up for most of the story's shortcomings.  "The Last Song" may not be the best chick flick out there, but it's a decent film for it's genre.  Miley Cyrus fans will be happy with this film for sure, but I doubt seriously it'll do well for most guys, who will undoubtedly be dragged in by their girlfriends to see this.  However, if your into chick flick movies, then "The Last Song" is definitely worth checking out.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Sounds like a real winner to me. Thanks for the review.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

your welcome paradise, and thanks again for stopping by. i hope you enjoy the movie when you see it.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Ya know....I cannot wait to see this movie. I am not really a chick flick kind of girl but I absolutely love Miley for some reason and I really look forward to seeing this movie. PS...Stop hating on Robert Pattinson..lol...yes clearly I read this whole hub. Thanks for the outstanding review!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

lol. i'll try not to, but...i make no guarantees. ;) lol. anyway, thanks for stopping by, as it was a pleasure having you here. well if your a miley cyrus fan, then I don't think you'll be disappointed in her performance in this one, as she truly does shine in this movie.


pinkylee 6 years ago

I can't wait to see this one!! I love chick flicks lol ... thanks for the review! as always you are awesome


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks Pinky. I appreciate you saying that, i think your pretty awesome yourself. it's very nice to see you again, as I know hubpages certainly wasn't the same without you here.


pinkylee 6 years ago

Aww steven you are making me blush .. hehe but I am working on getting back into the game .. i have written a total of 7 hubs since i moved back home with mama a week ago ...


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

wow really? i'll be sure to check them out then. thanks for telling me. yeah, to be honest, I haven't been on hubpages that much either, as I just recently got another job, so i haven't had much time to be on hubpages as often as i used to. however, i've been trying to find time to still publish hubs though, so i don't lose my traffic. sorry about that though. i look forward to reading them. thanks again pinky for stopping by, as it's always a pleasure to see you.


pinkylee 6 years ago

Congratulations on the job that's awesome as I know you have been looking for a really long time.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

yeah, it's not exactly what i was hoping for, but im just glad i was able to find one. anyway, thanks so much for your support, as you've always been such a great friend to me. :)


pinkylee 6 years ago

and I always will be


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

thanks pinky. your the best. :) i'll always try to be a great friend to you too.


kelsey 6 years ago

Hey great review I really loved this movie I'm a miley fan and even I was suprised by the way she pulled of the chaacter (I read the book) I noticed a lot of guys liked this movie as much as girls did so its cool. This review def gives people good info on the movie!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks for commenting and sharing your thoughts with us Kelsey. Plus, I'm sure as long Miley Cyrus doesn't allow any bad influences around her and continues to take on roles that expand on her acting versatility, then who knows? I might even become a fan of hers someday. lol. Anyway, thanks again for stopping by.

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