Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lucky Review: An Entertaining Premise That Hits You With A Much Deeper Message

Brea Grant	...	May Hunter C. Smith	Hunter C. Smith	...	The Man Kristina Klebe	Kristina Klebe		 Kausar Mohammed	Kausar Mohammed		 Dhruv Uday Singh	Dhruv Uday Singh	...	Ted Yasmine Al-Bustami	Yasmine Al-Bustami	...	Edie Leith M. Burke	Leith M. Burke

Release date: March 4, 2021
Running time: 89 minutes
Starring: Brea Grant, Dhruv Uday Singh, and Kausar Mohammed
Directed by Natasha Kermani
Written By: Brea Grant

Life takes a sudden turn for May (Grant), a popular self-help book author, when she finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Every night, without fail he comes after her, and every day the people around her barely seem to notice.  With no one to turn to, May is pushed to her limits and must take matters into her own hands to survive and to regain control of her life.

Anzor Alem	...	Smith Larry Cedar	Larry Cedar	...	Officer Pace Nikea Gamby-Turner	Nikea Gamby-Turner	...	Detective Susan Kemp	Susan Kemp	...	Emergency Medical Technician Jesse Merlin	Jesse Merlin	...	Officer Erwin Tara Perry	Tara Perry	...	Elizabeth Shelly Skandrani	Shelly Skandrani	...	Sally Chase Williamson	Chase Williamson
Lucky has an unconventional setup that jolts you into this interesting descent into madness.  The movie has a groundhog day-like situation, where May (Grant) is forced to defend herself from a nameless, faceless man who is trying to attack her every night.  The ridiculousness of the scenario and the people around her's utter lack of interest in the life-threatening situation are strange at first and really gives this film a lot of charm.  This gives Lucky a sort of stepford wives type of feeling, where society is acting both completely normal and exceedingly strange and no one seems to be taking May's situation seriously.

However, once you scratch the surface, and as this descent gets deeper, you come to realize that Lucky has a lot more to say.  The callous disinterest that those around May have in her situation really hits home and speaks to a larger problem in society.  The nameless, faceless man takes on a more sinister role, and the disinterest by those who May is supposed to trust and rely on takes on a greater meaning.  This film is really what makes horror so special.  It is a film with a much deeper meaning and a much more poignant message than it initially lets on.  You can get interested in the unconventional scenario, while then slowly diving deeper into the film's important social message.

And Grant should be commended for this as it is such a tough line to skirt.  She uses some sharp writing and unusual scenarios to speak to her audience while still providing an entertaining, dark humor product.  It is a way to approach the conversation without feeling like the film is beating you over the head.  And this message is delivered both through her wonderful script and her very natural character.  May is someone trying to do it all but having to contend with her own insecurities and doubts, and literal external attacks on her.  And Grant has to do all of this while threading the film's fine line between humor and horror.  Lucky is a special film and we should all be lucky to see it.

Lucky has an entertaining premise and a dark comedy, fueled by Brea Grant's writing and performance, that will draw you into its deeper, impactful, and important message.  

Watch it.

Produced by  Chelsea Davenport	...	producer (p.g.a.) Patrick Ewald	...	producer (p.g.a.) Robert V. Galluzzo	...	producer (p.g.a.) Kimberly Hwang	...	producer (p.g.a.)Music by  Jeremy Zuckerman	Cinematography by  Julia Swain	Production Design by  Lindsay Minnich	Costume Design by  Brianna Quick	Makeup Department  Amber Bailey	...	hair stylist / key makeup artist / special makeup effects artistProduction Management  Joseph Hui	...	post-production supervisorSecond Unit Director or Assistant Director  Mazzin Chaudhari	...	first assistant director Ben Huber	...	second assistant director      Directed by  Natasha Kermani	Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)   Brea Grant

If you liked this review and want to see more from Watch or Pass, please consider 
following us on our various social media platforms: FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube
Lucky is available to stream on Shudder starting March 4, 2021. 

No comments:

Post a Comment