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Lucky Life DVD Review

“Lucky Life” is too understated. 

Directed by Lee Isaac Chung and based on poems by Gerald Stern, “Lucky Life” revolves around a couple (Mark and Karen) and their pal (Alex) embark on an annual beach trip one last time with their friend Jason who has terminal cancer. The story also explores Mark and Karen’s life after that trip. Not only are the two about to have a child, but Mark finds himself haunted by the beach trip.

Written by Lee Isaac Chung and Samuel Gray Anderson, “Lucky Life” is very much a poetic, arty indie film to a T. It’s certainly not a mainstream movie by any stretch and feels like the work of an indie artist who is just getting his feet wet. Don’t go into this expecting something on the level of Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” because it’s not. 

The film’s down to earth exploration of some heavy duty subject matter like memories, friendship, mortality, loss, and emotions does have weight to it, but the strive for realism creates a meandering experience riddled with forced free flowing conversations, small talk, uncomfortable silences, and lengthy scenes that drag on (ala the 5 minute baby crib building). It’s clear Lee Isaac Chung wanted to make an intimate drama, but you’re left wanting more depth both from the characters and the drama.

The cast is comprised of actors who haven’t done much before or since their parts here. Megan McKenna does a solid job as Karen as does Kenyon Adams as Jason. Daniel O’Keefe tries a bit too hard as Mark and doesn’t quite sell some of the deeper scenes.


Presentation: 1.78:1. Grade: B

Audio Track: 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo. Grade: B

The only extras are trailers for “Munyurangabo,” “Take Me To The River” and “The Automatic Hate.”

December 30, 2021 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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