Charlie St. Cloud
Charlie St. Cloud – Movie Review
Charlie St. Cloud is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother. So much so that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother is buried. Charlie has a special lasting bond with his brother though, as he can see him. Charlie meets up with his brother (Sam) each night to play catch and talk. Then, a girl comes into Charlie’s life and he must choose between keeping a promise he made to Sam, or going after the girl he loves.
There is no question that Zac Efron is certainly one of the best looking men on the planet and he is also a good actor and can cry on cue. This is a charming movie, probably more so than one would expect it to be. The story is of two brothers who have one of those relationships that only exists on film. Even though there is significant difference in their ages, they are very close. The movie starts with an exhilarating race where Zac and his baby brother are winning at any cost. Meanwhile Zac is about to go off to Stanford on a sailing scholarship. Before then, he is put in charge to watch his brother one night, but instead he decides to go to a party. We know this is not going to end well because we have all seen movies before and it doesn’t. It’s not spoiling much of the movie to give away much of the plot here. On the other hand this is kind of a sappy story that we have seen before. Even so, Zac is extremely attractive and the rest of the cast is equally as wonderful including Kim Basinger and Ray Liotta. So I would give this movie two and a half to three stars even though for predictability it wouldn’t get any stars. I think it was fun to watch because of the cast and Charlie Tahan the eleven-year-old kid who plays Zac’s ill-fated brother is just adorable. Little girls are going to love it. I am not sure that this is anybody’s version of heaven but the idea of letting go and moving on is important and you see that hear. So I’ll give it three stars, he is such a cute boy.