Lucky (2020) RLJ Entertainment 8/3/2021
Directed By: Natasha Kermani
Starring: Brea Grant, Hunter C. Smith, Dhruv Uday Singh, Yasmine Al-Bustami
Disclaimer: RLJ Entertainment has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Natasha Kermani and Brea Grant are not house hold names....yet! But mark my words, they will be a force in horror or indeed any genre they choose. Lucky (2020) is a film that has gotten both negative and positive reviews. And yes, I think either you are down to fully immerse yourself in Kermani and Grant's strange world they crafted or your not. If it's the latter I feel sorry that you have boring tastes in movies. For me I was totally on board with diving head first into Natasha's wholly unique brand of horror. Lucky is powerful in that it is fearless in how it expertly weaves themes of gaslighting, the MeToo movement and the silencing of women. When I interviewed Natasha she also confirmed that this movie also talks marketable feminism, a subject that rarely gets discussed or satirized in cinema period, let alone a horror film.
On a very surface level the horror comes from the nightly attacks YET for me thats not what's really so horrifying is the why nobody in May's life believes her. Even her fellow female friends cannot or will not do anything to make the situation any better. As you can tell that films message is not at all subtle but I am perfectly fine with that because it's a message that is still timely and sadly, still very much needs telling. Regardless of where you fall on the gender-spectrum this movie will and should make you feel just as angry and frustrated and frankly as terrorized as the lead actor. Grant's script is also darkly funny and there is a real dry-sardonic humor which elevates the material further.
On a technical level Natasha Kermani directs this film with the confidence of a seasoned director but also with the kind of love and energy from a newcomer. The film was made on a budget but has a clean, polished look thanks to a good production design by Lindsay Minnich (Every Secret Thing) and interesting cinematography by Julia Swain (Speed of Life) and great editing. I would also be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to the perfectly bizarre score by Jeremy Zuckerman (Horse Girl).
Brea Grant who also wrote the film does a fantastic job as May. Grant not only created this brilliant allegory but embodies the the lead with real pathos. Also features a great supporting cast including Hunter C. Smith, Dhruv Uday Singh, Yasmine Al-Bustami.
Picture/Sound: As always 720p has its limitations but I think Lucky is actually fairly good looking on a lower-def format. Its never going to be as sharp and detailed as 1080p but its still a very solid looking film even the upconvert from what I assume is digital camera. Sound wise is also good and as always RLJE provides a nice robust DTS 5.1 track. This movie has a lot of great action as well as score so its nice to see this extra boost in sound. Well done.
Extras: Extras include a Filmmakers commentary and Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery.