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Last Song, The (Blu-ray Review)

2 Jul, 2010 By: Alexandra Hammarth

Prebook 7/6/10; Street 8/17/10
Box Office $62.7 million
$29.99 DVD,  $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG’ for thematic material, some violence, sensuality and mild language.
Stars Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston, Nick Searcy.

With the success of movies based on Nicholas Sparks novels, its no wonder that The Last Song just might be this year’s The Notebook.

The story begins when Ronnie (Miley Cyrus of “Hannah Montana” fame), a rebellious teen from New York, and her little brother are shipped to her estranged father’s house in Georgia for the summer. While her overenthusiastic brother (Bobby Coleman) can’t wait to reunite with their father (Greg Kinnear from Little Miss Sunshine), Ronnie is still filled with hatred from his abandonment of the family and remains distant from him.

Her father is a pianist/composer, and it’s easy to see that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Ronnie shares the same musical gift but has refused to play since her parents’ divorce. That all changes when she unexpectedly falls for the hunky, wholesome Will Blakelee (Liam Hemsworth). Once the summer romance is in full bloom, the family slowly makes its way toward reconciling.

The Last Song shows how the power of love ties together family, friends and passions in life. It doesn’t just work as a family film; elements of mystery and tragedy also make it a gripping, heartwarming tale.

Blu-ray extras include deleted scenes and an alternate opening that would have clued the audience in a bit more as to what is going on. Both the Blu-ray and DVD have a set tour with Coleman and the Miley Cyrus music video of “When I Look at You.”

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