Lucky (2017)

Impression: At some point you get too old to care about what other people think of you or your opinions, and you start dispensing it without a care. At 90 years old, this is where Lucky is. He doesn’t care who he offends, and he doesn’t mind calling “bullshit” when he encounters it.  His days consists of  lots of smoking, 5 yoga exercises, walking the streets of his small dusty desert town (in same exact order), getting a cup of coffee at the same diner, solving a crossword puzzle, watching game shows and hanging out at his favorite bar drinking bloody mary’s.  He is a little bit rattled when he is faced with his mortality when he loses consciousness  while inadvertently hypnotizing himself by staring at the blinking unset time on his coffee maker. The only thing his doctor can diagnose him with, is old age. A whole host of strange characters inhabit the town and Lucky’s world (mostly played by fairly famous actors like Ron Livingston and Tom Skerritt), the most fun of which is played by David Lynch: another old guy whose tortoise has carefully timed its escape. The movie is quirky and funny. I was actually surprised at the number of laugh out loud moments a large portion of the audience took part in.  The pace of the film is slow, and in some ways it reminds me of Jim Jarmusch’s films, where you just have to accept the speed at which things happen to get any enjoyment out of it. But it’s closer to how life proceeds in reality, than how it does in Hollywood movies, so it requires some adjustment.  What I enjoyed the most was Lucky’s no nonsense perspective on life and death, and how the movie paints his world. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys slow moving, quirky movies.

Facts: A man in his 90s, living in a dusty Arizona town dispenses his wisdom to people he runs into whether they want to  hear it or not.

Extra: I saw this as a special presentation film at the 2017 Indy Film Fest.