Mary Poppins Returns
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Nearly every step the movie makes feels completely random, with no payoff.
Thank your lucky stars I had to see Gil Cates Jr.'s darkly comic misfire early enough to warn you against wasting your own time and money.
Mr. Hanks performs with customary blankness and a woeful lack of chemistry with his hardworking co-star.
Nothing is bleaker than failed black comedy, which this is.
The concept, perilously high, is further overloaded by performances that are perilously broad, particularly from Graynor and an ill-used Ann-Margret as Ben's mother.
It gets bogged down in slo-mo indie quirk when it should be faster, more in our face.
Has no sense of tone.
Can a serial killer and a gold-digger find happiness as lottery winners? That's the thin premise of this comedy misfire.
It's meant to be deadpan but Lucky is just dead, period. Only Graynor manages to inject any life into it. But she might as well be shooting electricity through a corpse
A dark, deeply deranged comedy.
Lucky, unfortunately, is terrible: overbearing, obnoxious, and boring.
Colin Hanks perfects his enigmatic poker face veneer and knack for scary fun, as an Iowa bottom feeder working stiff. Still stuck in perpetual boyhood and living at home with his clinging when not nagging mom Pauline, a wickedly eccentric Ann-Margret.
Even a serial killer can win the lottery.
Good movie! This film is innovative and clever and extraordinarily well written. The screenplay was an extraordinary piece of writing. I won't give anything away, because if you like quirky independent film, you should see this movie. But, some of the scenes were beautifully nuanced. In particular, the final scene, which was an extremely difficult scene to pull off. Sublette manages to make it work. The pacing, editing, and direction are all as good as it gets. And the way the screenplay subtly builds these characters so that we believe their relationship is masterful. In "Lucky", the lack of regard for morality, as understood by the majority of the populace, is not obvious. It isn't a clear part of the plot. It isn't relied upon to engender fear or revulsion. I almost didn't notice it until near the end of the film. It is as if the film was made entirely by people unaware that such a concept as "objective morality" even existed. Of course it wasn't. If for no other reason than that, "Lucky" deserves praise.
Ben Keller is sort of a bumbler who carries a torch for Lucy, a co-worker he's known since childhood. She's indifferent until he wins $36 million in the Iowa lottery; trouble is, he murdered the young woman who bought the ticket (it's not his first murder), but the mercenary Lucy doesn't discover Ben's secret until their honeymoon. She figures out that he murders women who look like her, so she's probably safe: she'd like to wait for the next lottery check to come in the mail, then run away. Ben knows she knows and wants her to love him anyway. With a police detective sniffing around and Ben's protective mother watching things carefully, can Lucy make a great escape?
Funny black comedy. Ben wins the lottery and ends up marrying his life long love Lucy. She discovers that he is a serial killer, she digs up the bodies and moves them so that they can't be found and she can still live off the winnings.
Cast: Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Jeffrey Tambor, Mimi Rogers, Ann-Margret, Adam Harrington, Tom Amandes, Heather Marie Marsden, Allison Mackie, Dana Daurey
Director: Gil Cates Jr.
Summary: When an aspiring serial killer strikes it rich in the state lottery, he uses the cash to marry his dream girl -- and advance his career as a murderer. But there's trouble when his wife -- and a curious detective -- uncovers the truth.
My Thoughts: "Ari Graynor is the best thing in this movie. Her character is quite quirky and fun. She does a great job in the movie. I wish the director/writer would have went a little bit darker with this serial killing comedy. Colin Hanks plays such a nice character that it's either smart, cause you don't suspect him, or you find him so unbelievable that you can't picture him being so evil. I found it smart. It's always the too nice guys who are the crazies if you ask me. The film had so much potential to be great, but it just fell flat. Still, it was worth taking a look at and not a film I regret watching."
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