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Lucky (2020) Movie Review

My Cat Persephone Wrote this Review on her Smartphone. It was better than Mine. .

Do you have any duct tape?

Do you have any duct tape?

MPAA Rating

Not Rated

Running Time

83 minutes

Director

Natasha Kermani

Writer

Brea Grant

If movies like Groundhog’s Day, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, The Edge of Tomorrow, or Happy Death Day, Groundhog’s Day, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U and other movies of that ilk upset, confuse, or out and out bore you with its repetitiveness, then you should avoid the new movie Lucky at all costs and consider yourself lucky to not put yourself through this again and again and again,,,

But, if movies like Groundhog’s Day, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, The Edge of Tomorrow, or Happy Death Day, Groundhog’s Day, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U and other movies of that ilk really excite you, then by all means watch Lucky. Or see it again for the first time.

I forgot to mention the excellent Palm Springs.

But, if movies like Groundhog’s Day, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, The Edge of Tomorrow, or Happy Death Day, Groundhog’s Day, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U and other movies of that ilk really excite you, then by all means watch Lucky---

Wait. I’ve done this before, haven’t I?

I feel like I keep writing the same thing over and over again but every time something’s a little different and maybe I learn something about this particular review, something that can get me out of this loop. In learning something about myself, I get myself out of the loop and maybe become a better person.

Or I end up dead.

Which is a distinct possibility for our heroine May in the new movie Lucky.

If movies like Groundhog’s Day, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, The Edge of Tomorrow, or Happy Death Day, Groundhog’s Day, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U and other movies of that—

This will go on for a few more pages before we actually get to the f*cking synopsis, but because you are a wonderful person, you’ll be lucky(!) enough to skip to the front.

Synopsis- Sisponys

Lucky opens, unluckily enough, with our heroine May (writer and star Brea Grant) getting some not so good news. You see, May is a bestselling self-help writer (of such hits as Stop Being Such a F*cking Baby and I Wasn’t Listening To You Because You’re As Useless As Ron Weaselly) but her most recent book is plateauing its sales. May’s agent tells her not to worry and asks if she’s writing a new book.

May says she’s working on it, but truthfully she doesn’t have much on paper. She’ll get it done. She always does.

May gets home and notices some odd things around her house. Random items are broken. Not something you’d notice individually, but she’s seen more than a few shards in and around the house. Her husband Ted (Dhruv Uday Singh) hasn’t noticed anything, and if he did he hasn’t said.

May has a talk for her book the next day. Might as well get some rest.

While May is trying to sleep, she notices a creepy dude (Hunter C. Smith listed only as The Man, sure to be on the shortlist for Stalker Killer Guy roles from now on as the C stands for Creepy ) out the window wearing a mask. At least he’s wearing a mask.

Ted mentions, rather nonchalantly, that it’s the man who comes in every night to kill her. He almost seems bored. Why should he care? It’s not his problem.

May has no idea what’s going on. It’s as Ted said, the creepy guy is definitely coming into their house to kill her.

He’s not successful (this time). But before May can apprehend him, Creepy Weinstein disappears. Ted seems bored with it all. Cops show up and go through standard procedure.

Do you feel lucky?

Do you feel lucky?

The next morning, May is still freaked out.

Ted says nothing will happen in the morning. Creepy Killer won’t show up until nighttime. They get into a fight. Ted leaves.

May is flummoxed but she has to give her talk in the afternoon.

The talk could have gone better, but it’s understandable since she was almost killed and if the pattern holds Killer Creep will come again tonight.

May arrives at the house. Ted still hasn’t come home.

Sure enough, The Man tries to kill her again. May stops him. Again.

Does May ever have Déjà vu?

As you can guess with a movie like this, May will have to relive this night over and over. Even when she kills Creep, everything resets. Ted might not be home. The cops might still be blasé about her situation, which is weird because she’s white.

A lot of people are saying that May’s been lucky, but if she doesn’t figure out what’s going on soon, her luck will definitely change.

Duct tape seems a temporary solution at best for whatever's going on here.

Duct tape seems a temporary solution at best for whatever's going on here.

What Works With Lucky

  • Brea Grant (writer/director of 12 Hour Shift) gives a remarkably grounded performance as the put upon/lucky May. Despite the crazy all around her, Grant’s performance never strays to the unbelievable. She holds you through some of the movie’s dead(er) spots.
  • Brea Grant the writer provides a reasonably captivating mystery for the viewer to try and solve along with May. For those with patience and a sharper eye, all the story strands pay off more or less satisfactorily that will be rewarded if you choose to see Lucky again.
  • Creepy Man’s first appearance is more unsettling the more you think about it. Reading it in this review and actually watching it are two different things. You laugh, but it’s an uncomfortable kind of laughter.

What Doesn’t Work With Lucky

As an actual horror movie, Lucky is less successful. As befitting the nature of the movie’s structure, you see the same thing over and over. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s scary as you literally know where every scare is coming from and director Natasha Kermani stages every version of the same night, well, the same. You’re more mildly curious than you’re ever scared after the half-hour mark. Looking for genuine frights? Well, you might not be so lucky.

She needs some duct tape.

She needs some duct tape.

Overall.

Lucky is much better than having a random guy try to kill you every night.

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