2017. Directed by John Caroll Lynch.
By Brian Wallinger.
In his final film, legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton; known for roles in such films as Alien, Paris Texas, and the television series Twin Peaks, gives the performance of a lifetime that is sum of his entire career.
Lucky is a particular character study of a man over 90 years in age that is an atheist. A man without many possessions that enjoys both the company of others and with himself watching game shows on television while he drinks and smokes, often wearing a straw hat with a facial structure that is the equivalent of an entire Sergio Leone western. Lucky, played beautifully by Stanton, experiences a pivotal moment where he starts to see his life from a different angle. He begins to question life in its entirety, trying to figure out what the point is. This leads to a fulfilling, immensely rich, and vibrant film. David Lynch makes an appearance in the film as a longtime friend of Lucky's who really adds to the substance and tone of the film, exploring an interesting relationship dynamic.
The screenplay, written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja, is a very intimate and intellectually gratifying piece that generates an understanding and sense of empathy for its subject matter while the cinematography by Tim Surhrstedt also brings about a sense of calm escalation to the film's structure.
Director John Carroll Lynch proves that sometimes less is better and that something as simple as asking questions, engaging in conversation, and communicating can be very powerful and worthwhile. Lucky, is a very important contemporary film that is not to be missed. It is a near perfect offering in every sense. An experience that reaches out and makes you feel without forcing or manipulating. This isn't just deep thoughts and harsh realities, there are also moments of comic relief throughout. The score, composed by Elvis Kuehn, also brings out the feel of a country style film, with harmonica and guitar in hand.
Lucky is the character that Stanton was always meant to play. He was Lucky in life, lucky to have worked on so many films, and to have a wonderful family. He was one of the good guys that left behind a legacy of unforgettable performances. Lucky is the sum of that legacy.