Lucky (2017) Movie Review

Director: John Carroll Lynch

Writer: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja (Screenplay)

Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr, Tom Skerritt, Barry Shabaka Henley

Plot: The spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Beautiful Tale

Story: Lucky starts as we meet Lucky (Stanton) who is an elderly man in a small town that knows everybody, has respect everyone in town and has remarkable strong health for a man his age. Lucky has started to see his friends Howard (Lynch) preparing for his future, while Dr Kneedler (Begley Jr) doesn’t know how he has remained healthy.

When Howard starts prepare for his future with his lawyer Bobby Lawrence (Livingston), Lucky starts to look through his own life, even starting to plan for his own next chapter, once he is gone.

Thoughts on Lucky

Characters – Lucky is an elderly man lonely man that has been going through a similar routine for years now, he knows everybody in his small town and when alone he spends time watching quiz shows, he hasn’t really planned for the next stage of his life, which he starts to see his friends do, he must decide to plan for his future before it is too late. Howard is Lucky’s best friends, he owes a tortoise that is named after presidents and is the one that is planning for more in his life once he is gone. Bobby Lawrence is the lawyer that has been helping the locals figure out their futures, he always tries to explain just how important it will be

PerformancesHarry Dean Stanton in the leading role is fantastic, he gives a performance that is filled with pain and sympathy, making him the true start of the show. We do have a nice supporting cast which includes big names from the acting world that are all good through the film.

StoryThe story here follows the days of an elderly man that live sin a small town that finally gets to realize that his own mortality isn’t going to be around much longer. This is a sweet little story that shows that elderly people could well be in denial about how much longer they will be around, it shows how the town will always be close to each other willing to help, banter and just check up on each other. This doesn’t have much more to the story, it is simple and friendly which is all we needed to see.

ComedyThe comedy in the film comes from the everyday life that the people are going through, laughing at certain little things happening in life.

SettingsThe film keeps us in a small little town, which just shows how close the people in the town are.

Scene of the Movie – The fiesta.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not much happens in the story.

Final Thoughts This is a nice little story that shows us real life, rather than giving us anything too deep with how an older man feels.

Overall: Nice and Sweet.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – V – My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Director: Jonathan Lynn

Writer: Dale Launer (Screenplay)

Starring: Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne, Lane Smith, Austin Pendleton

Plot: Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins–an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners–comes in to defend them.

Tagline – Truth, Justice And The Gambini Way.

Runtime: 2 Hours

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Great Fun Comedy

Story: My Cousin Vinny starts when two college students Bill Gambini (Macchio) and Stan Rothenstein (Whitfield) are accused of murdering a local store clerk in Alabama, the two need to find a lawyer fast with the only family member they know in law Vinny Gambini (Pesci) a new lawyer in his first case ever.

As Vinny steps into court it becomes clear he doesn’t understand what is going on in a courtroom, getting on the bad side of the judge (Gwynne), he needs to learn quickly and to add more pressure onto him, his fiancée Mona Lisa (Tomei) wants to get married and she seems to be the best one when it comes to knowing the law.

Thoughts on My Cousin Vinny

Characters – Vinny Gambini is fresh out of law school called upon to help a family member on a murder trial, he isn’t used to being in a courtroom which is easy to see from the first visit, he gets on the judges bad side and his law experience isn’t like what the rest of the court is prepared for. He takes every hit coming his way, waiting for his chance to shine even after he just can’t get any sleep. Bill Gambini is one of the two students that gets accused of murder, he believes he has just being pulled over for forgetting to pay for some tuna and only finds himself needing his cousin to come and help him. Mona Lisa is Vinny’s fiancée, she is willing to support Vinny through the case believing he can win, while waiting for him to finally set a date for their wedding. Stan is the fellow suspect that isn’t so sure whether to trust Vinny or not.

PerformancesJoe Pesci is wonderful in this leading role, bringing his quick-talking style and show his ability to bring comedy to his character. Marisa Tomei makes her supporting performance wonderful making an impact when she gets her chance to shine. Ralph Macchio and Mitchell Whitfield are both strong enough in the supporting role without having to do much.

StoryThe story here follows a new fast-talking lawyer that must defend his cousin on a murder charge that he clearly didn’t do only to need to think fast when the case looks completely closed against them. This is a story that shows that family will come to help somebody in need and shows how certain laws could go quickly to answers instead of investigating the case. We see how law can be twisted to push people either way and end up just being a fun courtroom story to watch. Most of these types of movies we know the suspects are innocent and we just need to see how they can be saved which this one does keep us guessing to what happens.

Comedy/CrimeThe comedy in this film comes solely from Joe Pesci for his troubles sleeping and his reaction to everything going on in this town. The crime side of the film shows just what the student have been accused of doing.

SettingsThe film is set in a small Alabama town who like to finish the case quickly without needing to look at potential options. It is clearly somewhere which Vinny would never live in.

Scene of the Movie – The courtroom car talk.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It is slightly too focused on Vinny, with the opposite lawyer not being the evil that he could be.

Final Thoughts This is a fun courtroom comedy that focuses on the idea this lawyer isn’t ready for this size case and needs to prove himself.

Overall: Entertaining throughout.