Tuesday, 21 November 2017

LUCKY

Follows the journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. He finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration.

There’s a sadness about this movie given that the star, Harry Dean Stanton (Alien), has died since completing it. It makes the existential angst portrayed in the story even more poignant. LUCKY is a reflection on the meaning of life and mortality when one accepts that there is no higher purpose imposed by a god. Stanton is excellent, bearing the weight of the whole story on his shoulders — he is on screen in every scene. Despite the serious themes, the narrative is told with a sense of humour making for a bitter sweet viewing experience. It’s in limited release, but if you are looking for something thought provoking while watching a masterful character actor at work, it is worth seeking out.


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