The Last Song Reviews Round-Up and Trailer
Reviews for The Last Song Out: Some Are Kinder Than Others
Miley Cyrus' debut in dramatic acting comes in the form of Nicholas Sparks' romantic story called The Last Song. The movie also stars Greg Kinnear, newcomer Liam Hemsworth (who is Miley Cyrus' boyfriend in real life) and Kelly Preston. We have not seen The Last Song but we thought we would do a round-up of reviews that have.
Let's start with the nice reviews:
Phil Boatwright from The Baptist Press liked the film, but had an issue with the Christian themes in the book being downplayed in the movie and the inclusion of a Buddha statue. He did like Miley Cyrus' performance however.
Lisa Schwarzbaum from EW.com also liked the film giving it an overall B grade. She called Miley Cyrus an 'interesting movie star' in the making and likens her to Kristen Stewart in the fact that they are both so awkward and do not fit the mold of the 'feminine pretty girl'. Schwarzbaum applauds Cyrus' acting and says that she shows range.
The 'not so kind reviews':
While E! Online did not like the movie at all, giving it the grade of a C-, Leslie Gornstein had more issue with the plot and writing than the acting. Gorstein says that Cyrus is not good and seems to only have a few poses, but says that you cannot really blame Cyrus when the vehicle is so bad. She says the movie is ok and has some occasional sweetness at least.
Glenn Whipp for the Associated Press also feels the movie itself lacked and followed a formula present in too many of Sparks' other novels, but he does say that Cyrus has an 'undeniable presence'. However, he also agrees that she really only has a few poses she can fall back on. Whipp did enjoy Greg Kinnear's performance though and says it 'lends a dignity' to the movie.
The really nasty reviews:
Lou Lumenick from The New York Post really did not like the film saying
Disney cash cow Miley Cyrus makes the most dubious "dramatic" debut of any singer since Britney Spears in "The Last Song"
He does not even agree that Cyrus has two facial expressions; merely one and a half that she uses throughout the entire film no matter what is going on. He says Cyrus and Hemsworth have no on-screen chemistry and calls Hemsworth 'bland'. It's safe to say Lumenick liked nothing about the film.
A.O. Scott from The New York Times also really did not enjoy the film, calling it 'exhausting' and says Cyrus and Hemsworth are not up to the task of playing the star-crossed lovers. Scott is also not a fan of Cyrus:
In “The Last Song” she pouts, slouches, storms in and out of rooms and occasionally cracks a snaggle-toothed smile, but most of the time she seems to be mugging for the camera, play-acting rather than exploring the motives and feelings of her character.
Lastly, the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes is:
As shamelessly manipulative as any Nicholas Sparks production, The Last Song is done no favors by its miscast and overmatched star, Miley Cyrus.
Have you seen The Last Song? What did you think?