Lucky

Year: 2017

Synopsis: The 90-year-old Lucky slowly comes to accept the reality of mortality, while quietly seeking the meaning of it all.

Pros:
• Harry Dean Stanton easily gave the performance of a lifetime, as the other actors perfectly support him.
• Meditative, real, and surreal at the same time.
• There was no other film quite like this, as there may not have been anyone quite like Stanton.

Cons:
• One of Stanton’s last films.

Discussion:
Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017) was easily one of the best character actors in film. He was in practically everything, but we did not always realize it: Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Alien (1979), Escape from New York (1981), Christine (1983), Repo Man (1984), Twin Peaks (1992, 2017), The Green Mile (1999), and we could go on. He did not have many leading roles, but character actors often do not. Lucky, on the surface, might have just been a film to celebrate an actor that quietly was always there. Yet, this film was much more than that, thanks to Stanton’s continued strength as an actor. Is there meaning to living 70, 90, 100 years? Perhaps. That was the message of this film: the meaning of life is different for everyone, and we might only be able to understand our own meaning. Lucky was ultimately Stanton’s swan song, and our lives our just that much more meaningful for it.


Rotten Tomatoes — 98%

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