Lucky (2020): Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Friday, March 12, 2021

Lucky (2020): Movie Review

A little bit too vague for our taste, "Lucky" had an interesting premise and gripping psychological elements that made us grip our seats more than we expected. But while we enjoyed and appreciated the brisk 80 minute experience, the film was flawed by design by focusing too much on its metaphorical twists and takes. 

May (Brea Grant) is a popular self-help book author who has just found out that she has lost her book deal. It doesn't help then that she suddenly finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Her husband explains that the man comes every night and comes after her - and while the man can be killed, he just disappears into thin air when they are able to stop him on his tracks. May for some reason has no recollection of this ever happening before but her husband seems to have experienced it countless times already. Never dying and never stopping, May eventually takes matters into her own hands. 

At the end of the day, we just wanted to understand the complete story of "Lucky" and like the protagonist, we really do not get any solid answers by the time the credits roll. Unfortunately, this happened consistently throughout the film and we are left as clueless as the lead character May as weird things unfold right in front of our eyes. Beyond that, the film had this sense of being setup and designed in a very specific and deliberate manner. The fight choreography reflects this most as the various confrontations between May and the mysterious man end up feeling tame and lame. If you can accept the fact the film's flaws, "Lucky" was actually enjoyable. The acting was solid especially from Brea Grant and there were shots that truly impressed us. Director Natasha Kermani definitely showed her skills in this sophomore affair and we're very excited what she can do in the future with more budget and better writing. 

Rating: 3 and a half reels






Why you should watch it:
- has an interesting premise
- doesn't outstay its welcome by being 80 minutes long

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- flawed by design by being a little bit too vague when it came to its narrative explaining what was happening on-screen 

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