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Film Review for The Last Song movie starring Miley Cyrus with her inspired hit song When I Look at You

Updated on March 22, 2012

Miley Cyrus stars in movie The Last Song

The Last Song was a film that was much better than I anticipated it would be. It is a very touching film starring Miley Cyrus as Ronnie a name short for Veronica. She has a younger brother named Jonah. Ronnie is rebellious because her parents have divorced.

Her mother played by Kelly Preston is engaged to marry a new man. Ronnie and Jonah are dropped off by their mother to spend the summer with their father at his house on the beach.

Ronnie's cold heartedness is warmed a little when she meets a guy played by Liam Hemsworth and begins to fall in love. At a pivotal point in the film, he disappoints her greatly though. Once again Ronnie is very angry.

Ronnie is very musically talented and has a love for music that includes playing the piano. She has even been accepted to the elite and highly selective performing arts school Juilliard in New York City.

Ronnie is dismissive about her talents however in large part due to the fact that she is upset with her father and relishes the idea of going against his wishes in most things. He is a gifted musician as well and would love for Ronnie's dream for herself to coincide with his dream for her.

For much of the time Ronnie is very rude to her father who is played by Greg Kinnear.

Their being unable to get along is heartbreaking to him.

Nevertheless Ronnie soon regrets her actions when she learns that her father is very ill. This crisis draws thems closer together and Ronnie is very remorseful.

This is one of the films that I did not know much about before watching it and that is my favorite way to view a film. I had not read the book on which it was based and had no particular expectations or knowledge about what would happen next in the scenes.

I also enjoyed the beautiful scenery (a beach setting) as well as the theme music.

Along with the trailer, the music video for Miley Cyrus' When I Look at You is posted below. A lovely grand piano is used throughout the video against the backdrop of natural scenes. The opening instrumental sequence for the song is really nice.

My favorite lyrics of the song are the opening line "Everybody needs inspiration" as well as "there is no guarantee that this life is easy." It's a beautiful song with a nice melody.

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"When I look at you" song by Miley Cyrus

The Last Song trailer

I rate it 3.5/5 stars

Starring Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston and others

Based on the book by Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook

(I have not read the book but heard that it is excellent and should add it to my list.)

Screenplay by Nicholas Sparks and Jeff Van Wie

Rated PG

107 minutes


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Janell, thanks a lot for commenting!

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      Janell Rhiannon 6 years ago from CA, USA

      I enjoyed this. Although my daughter-in-law told me she loved the book better. What a great young lady--reading teh book first! Thanks for your review.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Hi James and Cogerson, thanks so much for posting comments.

      James, that's really interesting and cool that your Dad is her pilot.

      Cogerson, great. I think you and your daughter will enjoy the movie!


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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      I agree... excellent 16 year old has been begging me to watch this movie with her...I will give it a shot now.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      My father is the pilot for Kelly Preston (and John Travolta). Thank you for this excellent review.