The best way to sum up Lucky is that it is a tribute to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton.
John Carroll Lynch makes his directorial debut with Lucky from a screenplay written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja. Stanton leads a cast that includes David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, James Darren, Barry Shabaka Henley, and Yvonne Huff Lee.
The performance by Stanton is one of the best I’ve seen this year and it wouldn’t be unfair to say that it should be one mentioned later this year when people start talking about awards season. If Stanton doesn’t get a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination, I would be surprised.
Lucky follows Lucky (Stanton) and the people who live in his desert town. He’s 90 years old and not getting any younger. He’s very independent and doesn’t like the idea of assisted living. The film touches on themes such as mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.
There are many funny scenes in this movie, including a scene featuring Lucky and Dr. Kneedler (Begley, Jr.).
Lucky premiered at SXSW Festival and Magnolia Pictures will distribute Lucky later this year.
UPDATE: A release date has been set for September 29, 2017 in New York and Los Angeles before starting to play elsewhere the following week.