A film by John Carroll Lynch
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston
Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton) lives in Arizona is a WWII veteran who is retired, has this routine every day and does his round to see his friends and basically like all old 91 years old are waiting to die.
Here is a film that most people won’t see but deserve a chance here. It was shot in 18 days but the thing is Stanton died a few weeks before its release. Every day lucky gets up at the same time light up a cigarette does his yoga, drinks a glass of milk, goes to his local store buys milk or cigarette than goes at the bar and drinks his margarita talking to his friends. However my grandfather when he retired did not know what to do with himself and was doing the same thing gets up drinks his coffee has breakfast go the newsstand gets his paper then goes to the bar and talks to his friend, once in the while he will go to this village where he owned an apartment. The thing is that Lucky here does not know how long he has and is scared of his loneliness.
Lucky is filled with frank talk about divers subjects. Tom Skerritt plays another World War II veteran. Ed Begley, Jr. plays Lucky’s physician and has the best scene with him. Plus all sorts of others characters. The film is about death, fear and the loneliness that everyone is going to dread once they reach that age. Lucky who does not open up only to certain young people, he is the kind of man who speaks frankly and have a hard time making new friends. The film feels like a modern western with the great panorama of Arizona. The camera here tells the story, we follow Lucky everywhere. The film with people who are a bit eccentric are not easy to do but this one has an elegance to it. It is a beautiful poetic film. The ending is so perfect, it is a farewell to Stanton’s fans. This film however is the perfect one yet.