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:: The Last Song

As a film reviewer I get sick of the people who have bias against a film like ‘The Last Song’ simply because it features Miley Cyrus and comes from the pen of novelist, Nicholas Sparks. While ‘The Last Song’ certainly won’t win any Oscars its solid screenplay puts it above some of the other films around at the moment. The fact ‘The Last Song’ features a star like Greg Kinnear should prove it is far from a shocker.

Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) and her younger brother, Jonah (Bobby Coleman) are taken to the Georgian seaside by their mother (Kelly Preston) to spend the summer with their father, Steve (Greg Kinnear). Ronnie has rebelled since becoming estranged from Steve and has even turned her back on a promising music career. Ronnie decides she will have no fun for the summer but with Steve desperately trying to reconnect with her and the handsome Will (Liam Hemsworth) coming into her life, how will that be possible?

‘The Last Song’ works because it doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. Director, Julie Anne Robinson does a great job making sure this stays as a sweet teenage promise with just enough drama to keep the story rolling and stir up some emotions in the audience. The characters are well developed, while the scenes are dialogue are realistic enough to make the audience easily get emotionally involved. Some good twists along the way are also a sign of some good story-telling.

Of course all eyes in this film will be on the performance of Cyrus who is trying to desperately break away from her Hannah Montana characters. Playing Ronnie gives her a chance to be rebellious and also a chance to show that she does in fact have an acting range out of her comfort zone. She manages to match it with good performance of the seasoned Greg Kinnear; who does admittedly look a bit uncomfortable when he needs to do some comedy here. However the performance that will standout from ‘The Last Song’ will be the arrival of Aussie actor, Liam Hemsworth. He does enough to show that he has what it take to be a Hollywood leading man.

If your teenager is begging you to go and see ‘The Last Song’, allow yourself the guilty please to go and see it as well. Some great story-telling makes this a worthwhile film that is a lot better than most films in the teenage drama genre.