"The Lucky One" is cheap and shameless melodrama
By Laya Maheshwari(03 May 2012)
Film is a manipulative art form. The reason a director positions his actors in a frame in a particular way, makes them say some lines with a certain inflection and later has the scene scored to one specific piece of music is so that she can manipulate you to achieve her intended effect. And that’s okay.
As an audience member, when I walk into any film I’m looking to be manipulated. Laughing, crying and being entertained are all results of successful manipulation. When Jonathan Levine shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt breaking down inside a car and telling his mother ... » read more