Versatile actor John Carroll Lynch makes his directorial début with this leisurely portrait of the titular character, played by the late, great Harry Dean Stanton.
A prickly individual with a low tolerance for inanity, Lucky adheres to a strict daily routine that balances precious time alone spent watching selected gameshows with social interactions in his local diner and bar. However, a fall forces Lucky to consider his life and mortality. The pleasure of the film lies in its observation of small moments, from a remarkable scene with Tom Skerritt in which the two reminisce about their wartime experiences, to a truly joyous scene where Lucky breaks into song at a child’s birthday party.
Even with numerous notable cameos (including director David Lynch), the film belongs to Harry Dean Stanton, and is a fond and fitting farewell to a much-loved actor.
(Notes by Kevin Coyne.)
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