I saw The Last Song this weekend. I wasn't exactly dying to see it after the last few movies containing Nicholas Sparks' moniker (i.e. Dear John and Nights in Rodanthe), but my mom wanted to see it since she just finished the book. The first thing I wanted to know from her before I saw this thing was who dies because you know that something tragic is bound to happen. Thankfully she obliged because I don't like surprises (yes, there is a sad/bittersweet ending).
This film is interesting because Sparks wrote the screenplay before the book. Ronnie (Miley Cyrus), a slightly rebellious teen from New York, is sent with her brother Jonah to live at her dad's (Greg Kinnear) house on the beach in Georgia for the summer. Her relationship is rocky with her father after her parent's divorce.
She meets the very cute Will (real-life bf of Miley, Liam Hemsworth) after an accidental milkshake spillage. Ronnie spends her time trying to protect a nest of sea turtle eggs from raccoons. Much to her surprise, the aquarium sends Will out to mark the nest, and the rest is history for these two.
Ronnie's relationship begins to improve with her dad. He's trying to finish writing a song on the piano. Ronnie stopped playing after her parent's divorce, but she was still accepted to Julliard on good faith. Eventually she starts playing again thanks to Will.
The Last Song isn't going to win any awards, but it's enjoyable and definitely required a tissue or two. I don't think people will love it as much as The Notebook, but it's right up there with A Walk to Remember.