Fan Review of Charlie St Cloud from Grace, member at Zac Addicted Community
Grace from Zac Addicted Community attended a screening of the movie tonight in Toronto and was kind enough to give us a quick recap of her experience. Check it out!
After watching the pre-screening in Toronto, my verdict :
• Thumps up for Charlie St. Cloud
• Zac Efron Shines in CSC
When I first read the book, Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood, I thought that the angst filled drama storyline would be a heavyweight for the young (and not so young) fans of Zac and even the regular reader.
Stories that dwell with life choices, coping with life’s tragedies, and striving to achieve one’s dreams, while inspiring to read, can sometimes be difficult to digest, much less watch and discuss with friends. Why – because it reminds us of life’s frailties and bleak reality of death.
In the big screen however, CSC is a movie that is heavy enough to elicit tears and tug at one’s heartstrings, yet lightweight enough to digest the message of love, letting go and second chances. It lifts up our spirits and leaves us with a hopeful eye to the future. I can see why Zac was drawn to the movie – indeed the message of brotherly love and keeping one’s promises resonates throughout the movie. The interaction between the St. Cloud brothers is poignantly sweet though it has some light and funny moments.
I have watched Zac Efron from HSM to Me and Orson Welles, but I believe this movie is his first starring role where he truly shines (yet – note date) . I am happy that he had the opportunity to work with amazing actors in MAOW but the spotlight was definitely on Christian Mckay who played Orson Welles with passion and energy.
In CSC, it’s Zac holding the seams of the movie from start to end. This leading role will show fans and the general public that he has matured as an actor. He played Charlie as I envisioned him from the book – sweet, loyal, tender with a tortured and grief stricken
soul. Zac brings Charlie to life by keeping his emotions underneath, not overly extending his sadness nor despair, but with enough charm and compassion that you can feel the depth of Charlie’s emotions. Needless to say, I was in tears in some of the scenes and so was the audience (even the young teens).
Amanda Crew as Tess comes across as beautiful and determined woman with a dream to sail around the world. She made Tess frail yet strong, charmingly shy yet bold. The chemistry between Charlie and Tess is believable and the audience responded favorably to their scenes together. Also , the cinematography is beautiful – breathtaking shots of the water and the horizon are a feast to the eye.
Thanks to Liberty Group and Universal for the CSC pass – what an amazing opportunity to see Zac in this wonderful and uplifting movie.
Zac, you have said “your checklist is infinite”, so Dive for Dreams, and Live in Love!
July 15, 2010