Film review ‘ The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud’


Ashleigh Burns who reviewed ‘Samson and Delilah’ came back and reviewed ‘The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud‘ so here it is guys….

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) is the golden boy: He’s talented, family orientated, funny and is about to embark on a journey to college on a full sailing scholarship. Tragically, however, he and his younger brother Sam (Charlie Tahan) are part of a car accident and on losing the sibling he is close to Charlie’s whole life is altered.

After the accident the film moves directly on to Sam’s funeral where Charlie is grappling with the loss and encounters what can only be described as his brother’s ghost. He then reiterates a promise that he made whilst his brother was alive – the pair will practice baseball together each and every day.

Skip forward five years and Charlie can be seen working at the local graveyard and fulfilling his promise to practice baseball with his (dead) brother each day. His penance for having been given a second chance at life.

Enter pretty sailing girl Tessa Carroll (Amanda Crew) who catches Charlie’s eye and throughout the film the relationship helps him to rediscover his purpose and worth.

It’s a unique film which deals with the issues at the core of humanity: Love, loss and the purpose of life.


It does push the boundaries of reality and has a tendency to succumb to clichéd scenes and stereotypical exchanges, both which were a bit unnecessary as the story would have been powerful enough of its own accord. It’s not entirely easy to relate to and at times feels a little too polished.

However the characterisation is incredible. Efron, in particular, has set himself up as an actor capable of emotive roles and plays this one beautifully. Charlie is three dimensional, personable and translates off screen. Tahan too, is noteworthy as the scenes between these two are genuine and demand a real emotional response.

The film is intense but has frequent humour added for reprisal. Look out for Charlie’s only friend: The eccentric, if unrealistic, Englishman who adds a bit of novelty and illustrates perfectly the paradox between his full and changing life and Charlie’s non-existent one.

It’s a sad film but it’s also a funny and sweet film. An unobtrusive romance/tragedy. I’d give it 6 thumbs up (out of ten).

Once again, I would like to say a massive thanks to Ashleigh and if you are interested in reviewing any of the movies coming to macrobert please get in touch with Amanda Mcphee via email amanda.mcphee@macrobert.org or give me a call on 01786 467160

Hope to see you soon!

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