Despite the fact that Miley Cyrus is not the best actress in the world, it can be said that the best film she has been in is "The Last Song". Cyrus’ acting is nothing to be remembered during awards season, but the plot and character interactions bring realness that most Hollywood films lack. This movie touches the heart and keeps the audience engaged with its powerful take on family dynamics. Scenes are also amplified by the music accompaniment, which is always brilliant in Nicholas Sparks’ films.
Greg Kinnear, as Steve Miller, and Miley Cyrus, has his daughter Ronnie, do a fine job with the father-daughter dynamic adapted from the Sparks novel. They try to connect and rekindle the family bond that they used to have. Cyrus is most endearing as she loses her rebellious attitude and explores her child-like innocence. Kinnear shows that being a father is challenging, but overall rewarding.
The theme of hiding who you really are is a major point in this film. Everyone has secrets, except the little brother Jonah, played by Bobby Coleman. His innocence and understanding of good in the world is what makes news of an impending death so hard for the viewer to grasp.
Of course tears ensue, as is true in most Nicholas Sparks films. You leave the film in an emotional state where you wonder, why can’t Sparks ever write something where someone doesn’t die.