Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Lucky is an old US Navy veteran of rigid habits and attitudes in a small town. When his routine is interrupted by a sudden collapse at home, Lucky finds himself realizing that his remarkably healthy old age is going to face an inevitable decline and he has to accept it. In that difficult reassessment, Lucky must face up to what he believes in and how much it compares to his neighbors' priorities. In doing so, Lucky finds that his life has its positive side as he searches for some meaning that he can accept. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
In terms of humanity, Lucky is the simplest story I've ever connected with. Seeing it in theaters was one of the most emotional experiences I've ever had watching a movie.
Lucky walks the thin line between being an exploration of death and a celebration of life, because it manages to be both. Lucky is a character that at first couldn't care less about his mortality. He didn't think about it because he didn't have to. But when the effects of old age start to set in, Lucky can't help but see his own death everywhere. With the onset of this fear, he learns to embrace death - "realism", as said in the movie. However, this process was not so easy, as he first had to let go of his anger to understand the beauty and sadness in the experience of his whole life up until his old age, and everything he has yet to be a part of.
Many try to claim that movies "used to be simpler" and "had better stories" due to less technology, but I'll be damned if they aren't easier to connect to now than ever. Lucky follows suit of movies, loosely like "Manchester by the Sea", and greatly like "Paterson" which both came out within the past year. These movies pay homage to real life by stripping the substance down to normal human experiences that most end up having to face, and everyone can at least recognize. In particular, Lucky is that of accepting how everything in life will go away, so all that can be done is to experience it. This ephemeral experience of life is both beautiful and sad, as this movie is both about life and death.
The reason that a movie like Lucky hit me so hard was because it didn't throw anything in my face. I was so immersed in what felt like real life to me that it took me by surprise when all the sudden it got so emotional, like in the bar. Lucky's stance in the bar, letting go and explaining his stance as a human being was, besides "The Elephant Man", the most emotionally moved I've ever been by a single scene. This is because everything develops so naturally, and because I personally connect with what Stanton's character comes back to after 90 some years of age - simply learning how to smile by letting go. While all aspects of the filmmaking delivered this effect, I recognize the script for their organic emotional accomplishment within the story.
To me, Lucky is owning up to the internal and external unknown, representing the ongoing process of learning how to smile in a world that can just feel so heavy.
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