“Charlie St. Cloud,” Zac Efron’s new movie — and his latest attempt to distance himself from his “High School Musical” persona — hasn’t gotten much love from the critics. The reviews on rottentomatoes.com were 75% rotten, finding it ‘shallow and cloying.’
I guess it’s not that surprising. The promo had “tearjerker” written all over it. But I am curious to see Zac’s performance…because those same reviews were much more generous to him.
“The vehicle may get a little jacked up along the way, but its passenger arrives in style: The kid’s a star.”
“It could be a one-note characterization, but Efron finds competing emotions in Charlie, and he conveys all of them to us.”
“Zac Efron can act and has a very large emotional arc.”
Personally, I’ve been a fan since I saw the hilarious “17 Again” starring Efron, Leslie Mann and Matthew Perry. Using a very familiar switcheroo story, “17 Again” was funny because Zac was funny. He carried that movie with his comedic timing and knock-out charm.
And the boy can take a slap with the best of ’em.
Yep, that kid’s a star.