Critic Consensus: Lucky is a bittersweet meditation on mortality, punctuating the career of beloved character actor Harry Dean Stanton.
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Critic Reviews for Lucky
Stanton's navy veteran quietly dominates virtually every frame, weather-beaten as the landscape around his small American town.
This is a subtle, unhurried film - not sentimental in the usual sense, but studded with moments of poignant, low-key strangeness.
Those gentle jowls, that hawkish nose, those quirky, popping eyes and the incomparable slur of that slow-jazz vocal delivery are what keep us in our seats, even when we fidget a bit.
John Carroll Lynch, who's worked with everyone from Martin Scorsese to Albert Brooks, doesn't explicitly borrow from any of his directors, though it's clear from his careful precision that he learned a little something from all of them.
Audience Reviews for Lucky
Harry Dean Stanton should have received an Oscar for his sublime farewell in this film, a touching (yet rather uneven) character study that works more when embracing a minimalist Jim Jarmusch-like style than when trying to be David Lynch with a philosophical "message."
Harry Dean Stanton is given the leading role he always deserved, and it is interesting to see a film like this that doesn't cop out on its atheism.
I didn't originally expect to see this film though I found it to be a fine tale of an old man living out his existence in an isolated town in the middle of the American desert. Most of the tropes are here, though luckily given a fresh twist to tie into our modern times as does the main character's conservative views kick in to not obey the modern laws. Harry Dean Stanton gives a fine performance as the title character, able to connect and have great chemistry with the other locals around him as the audience follows his POV most of the time. Even with the presence of David Lynch acting in the film being close to director, John Carrol Lynch, It made me think of 'The Straight Story' which had similar themes along the lines of old age and adapting to the ever changing world. What kept the film going were the great characters that added a great sense of levity and humour to the narrative, along with the smartly written script and beautiful cinematography capturing the modern ever changing time of the old american west. Recommended mainly to the patient crowed who'll enjoy deadpan humour based on natural acting and the appeal of elders.
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