Lucky (2017)


“The only thing worse than awkward silence: small talk. ” – Lucky

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An elderly man takes a journey in life as he tries to show those around him what life is all about.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew very little about before watching and was amazed that even at 90, Harry Dean Stanton was still making films especially ones that aren’t mainstream.

This film turned out to be his final role and he is able to create an interesting character who is able to work on numerous levels along the way.

Unfortunately, the story presented here is pretty boring and nit much actually happens over the course of the film that helps keep things interesting and engaging even with a short 90 minutes run time.

The dialogue in the film is ok but it could have been written in a way that would make things even more enjoyable so that we could get a better idea of who each of these characters are and what they are trying to do.

This film was directed by actor John Carrol Lynch and this is his directorial debut.

The film is helped by the fact that it has a standout cast even in supporting roles.

We get to see some very talented actors in this film in small roles like Tom Skerritt, David Lynch, Ron Livingston and Ed Begley Jr.

Unfortunately tho, none of them were able to raise the level of this film to a point where it doesn’t feel boring or tedious which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Pretty boring drama. Great seeing Stanton in what would end up being his final role.  The character works on numerous levels, but the story itself just isn’t engaging enough to even fill 90 minutes. Nothing really happens in this film and even the dialogue could be so much more enjoyable to watch unfold. Nice cameos by some every talented actors like Skerritt, Lynch, Livingston and Begley Jr., but none are really given enough to do here that would help make this film less tedious from start to finish.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As with the character in the movie, Stanton actually served as a cook aboard the USS LST-970, a tank landing ship, during the Battle of Okinawa. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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