Much like other adaptations of Sparks' novels - including Dear John (2010), The Notebook (2004) and Message in a Bottle (1999) - Hicks' The Lucky One is draped in soft, warm lighting, turning Louisiana into a heavenly, semi-rural idyll. Contrastingly, the film opens to a frenetic battle in Iraq which, whilst generally convincing, presents the audience with their first major stumbling point - how are we to believe that the blue-eyed Efron is a war-torn hero? Miraculously, Efron just about manages to convince in the role, allowing the rest of the film to hinge on this central conceit.
The Lucky One's story is hugely generic and most will be easily able to plot just how the film will pan out. Despite this fact however, Hicks' romance makes for surprisingly enjoyable viewing for one reason alone - Efron's charming central performance. There is something extremely likeable about Efron's Logan, with the young star successful in evoking substantial heart-warming appeal.
Despite being lightweight, terribly clichéd and overly-saccharine, The Lucky One remains remarkably endearing throughout. The trick to enjoying Hicks' film is to not over-think proceedings - this is a fluffy, frothy romantic drama held together by an undeniably pleasurable performances from its leading, teen idol star.