Lucky (2017)

Director: John Carroll Lynch
Writer: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Barry Shabaka Henley, James Darren, Beth Grant, Yvonne Huff
Seen on: 12.4.2018

Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton) is old but healthy and he has his set routine in the small town in the middle of the desert where he lives. He does his exercises in the morning, he heads to the diner in town for lunch and goes drinking at the bar in the evening, every day. It seems like life could go on forever this way – and it may already have lasted forever. But when Lucky falls, his own mortality intrudes his routine and he might have to think about how he wants to continue.

Lucky is a soft film and one that is worth watching, even if I didn’t find it as touching as I probably should or could have. It’s still very good.

I can imagine that Lucky may have touched me more if death and mortality would play a bigger part in my life at the moment. It doesn’t really, having neither lost anybody recently nor been pondered my own mortality much. If that had been the case, I’m sure that Lucky would have spoken to me more.

Which is not to say that it didn’t speak to me at all. It did. Lucky is a wonderfully idiosnycratic character, basically the epitome of what we mean when we say that somebody is “quite a character” and don’t mean it to be insulting. I liked watching him and I was interested in his story at all times. I just think that an overall stronger reaction to the film would have been possible.

Though probably not a stronger reaction to the whole turtle story which I absolutely loved. That alone was worth the price of admission.

I was a little more conflicted about the way the film treats PoC, I have to say. I mean, it’s nice that Lucky’s world isn’t entirely white but I was irritated about how women of color in particular basically fawn around Lucky and want to take care of him. Plus, there is a scene where Lucky is invited to a birthday party in a latinx (I believe Mexican) family and it just felt like that party was used as a colorful background for the white man’s further self-reflection, which, you know, maybe don’t do that in your film?

But other than that, it was a lovely film that was funny and sweet and generally nice, with a wonderful Stanton in the leading role. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Summarizing: not bad.

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