The Last Song originally attracted me because it was filmed in Georgia, and I try to watch everything filmed anywhere near where I live. If you’ve had a movie/tv show filmed in your area – you know what I’m talking about. It’s fun to recognize locations that you’ve been to or hang out at. Aside from the location of the shoot, I’m also a girl – so by default I’m somewhat drawn to anything Nicholas Sparks does. After all, Notebook is one of my favorite films. As usual with his projects, this one made me tear up just a tad.
The Last Song focuses on Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) who along with her adorable brother are spending the summer with their estranged father (Greg Kinnear) in Savannah, Georgia. Quite a different environment than their home in New York City. Ronnie has had some problems, she’s rebellious and has recently been caught shoplifting. Yet you can still tell there is some good in her. She received an early acceptance to Juilliard, because of her talent as a child – however she’s not played the piano in years. Her parents’ divorce clearly has had a huge impact on her, but this summer will change so much of Ronnie’s perspective on love and life – and ultimately remind her of her love for music.
It’s an uplifting story with moments of heartache. It’s not The Notebook, but I would put it on par with A Walk To Remember. It contains much of the southern charm as Spark’s other projects. I’m not sure if he has a love affair with the south, but he certainly seems to – and as a southern belle myself it makes me enjoy his projects all the more.
As far as special features, the 2-Disc Blu-ray combo pack contains never seen before deleted scenes, a set tour, a Miley Cyrus music video, audio commentary, and the most interesting – an alternative opening. I was most intrigued by that feature as it’s not something that I’ve seen before with DVD releases – you always seen alternative endings – not alternative openings.
Review By: Emma Loggins
Official Site: The Last Song