2017 Milwaukee Film Festival: Lucky
By Livia Peterson
Despite I did not attend “Lucky” during the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, I am still counting it as the MFF coverage. The film screened three times during the festival.
The ninety year old atheist Lucky (the late Harry Dean Stanton) unexpectedly stumbles while staring at a coffee pot and realizes he is enduring the existential crisis. The elderly gentleman repeats the same routine every day: wakes up to complete a sponge bath and yoga exercises, hit the coffee shop to complete crossword puzzles, watch his favorite television shows, frequent the grocery store to purchase milk and cigarettes, and finally visit the bar to discuss life. John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut “Lucky” is witty, matter-of-fact, and thought provoking and yet, repetitive and redundant, particularly during the conclusion. Despite the runtime is ninety minutes, eliminating thirty minutes would allow Stanton’s brilliant Academy Award caliber performance to shine even more. “Lucky” is indeed meandering, but an extremely delightful goodbye to Mr. Stanton. B-