This immensely funny and endearing film lovingly plays homage to the great actor Harry Dean Stanton.
Stanton broke onto the scene in the mid 1950s and has since appeared in over 100 films. Lucky is only his second leading role; Stanton starred in Paris, Texas, the film which won Wim Wenders the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.
Co-written by Drago Sumonja and Stanton’s friend Logan Sparks, and helmed by first-time director John Carroll Lynch (he of Fargo and Zodiac fame), Lucky is full of wonderful anecdotes, one-liners and musings on life delivered beautifully and comically by the likes of David Lynch, Tom Skerritt, James Darren, and others.
This is not a documentary or a biography; Lucky is a work a fiction which just happens to contain many elements of Stanton’s true self, his beliefs and behaviours. Even if you have no idea who Harry Dean Stanton is, this is still a hugely satisfying film to watch. It will fill you with a warm golden glow.
Stanton died September 2017 at the ripe old age of 91. He sadly missed the premiere by a matter of weeks.
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact the director meticulously planned for you by watching trailers or reading spoilers. For those of you who cannot resist:
Director: John Carroll Lynch
Year, Country, Language: 2017, USA, English
Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Tom Skerritt, James Darren, Beth Grant, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr. (click here for full cast)
Screenplay: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja
Cinematography: Tim Suhrstedt
Editing: John Carroll Lynch
Score: Elvis Kuehn