U.S., 2017, 88 min, 2K DCP, Dir. John Carroll Lynch, Not Rated, Magnolia Pictures
"Harry Dean Stanton gives a beautiful final star turn." – Justin Chang, L.A. Times
"The performance of a lifetime. Everything Harry Dean Stanton has done in his career, and his life, has brought him to his moment of triumph in Lucky." – Joe Leydon, Variety
Harry Dean Stanton deserves a lofty place in the pantheon of great American character actors, specially when you consider the memorable roles he's played in nearly two hundred movies and tv shows over the span of half-a-century. A much younger character actor, the fifty-something John Carroll Lynch, makes his directorial debut with this valentine to Stanton. Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. Having outlived and outsmoked all his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Lucky is a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection. "But," as David Ehrlich points out in IndieWire, "it's also the rare portrait of mortality that's both fun and full of life." As might be expected, the cast is rounded out with accomplished character actors like Tom Skerritt, Ed Begley, Jr., sixties dreamboat James Darren (of Gidget fame, for those who remember) and David Lynch who, in his seventh decade, finds himself as comfortable in front as well as behind the camera.