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Blu-ray Review: Lucy in the Sky

December 20, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Blu-ray Review: Lucy in the Sky
Lucy in the Sky
Hamm and Portman are the highlight of Lucy in the Sky.

We didn’t know a lot about Lucy in the Sky prior to watching the film. We knew it was loosely based on true events and that the trailer gave the appearance of a female astronaut spiraling down in a desperate attempt to return to space. It looked interesting enough, and the presence of acting heavyweights Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm provided some star power. However, the story it told wasn’t what we were expecting.

THE PLOT

Astronaut Lucy Cola (Portman) returns from space having been amazed at the vastness she observed whilst orbiting the planet. Back on Earth, Lucy finds that her day-to-day life now feels incredibly small. That feeling begins to push a wedge into her relationships, most notably with her husband, Drew (Dan Stevens; Beauty and the Beast), and niece, Blue Iris (Pearl Amanda Dickson), who has come to live with the couple.

With her sole desire to return to space, Lucy dedicates herself to training and begins hanging around fellow astronaut Mark Goodwin (Hamm). Before long the two start having an affair, while Lucy also starts a rivalry with Erin Eccles (Zazie Beetz; Joker), a younger female astronaut that she views as her competition for a spot on a future mission to space.

Lucy’s behaviour becomes more erratic as she pushes herself, and when she learns that Mark is also seeing Erin things spiral completely out of control. Following the death of her grandmother, who’d served as a stabilizing force, Lucy leaves her husband and begins a cross-country drive with her niece to confront Mark and Erin, who are traveling to San Diego for a getaway together.

THE GOOD

Performances in Lucy in the Sky are mostly strong with Hamm playing a likable male lead and Portman doing what she can to make Lucy a fully rounded character. They have some chemistry, and their scenes together are the film’s best as Mark serves as the only person that Lucy can really relate to. Ellen Burstyn seems to be having fun as Lucy’s no-nonsense, unfiltered grandmother, offering some sprinkles of comic relief.

THE BAD

Whatever story director Noah Hawley was trying to tell in his feature-length debut never comes together. What begins as a tale about a woman consumed with the idea of getting back into space devolves into a muddled love triangle. Lucy’s arc just comes across as absurd after a while, culminating in the ridiculous parking lot confrontation and eventual fallout of where she ends up after getting (we assume) kicked out of NASA. If that’s supposed to be a “happy ending,” it’s a miss, not to mention that the character doesn’t really deserve one.

If we were supposed to feel some level of sympathy for Lucy, we didn’t. She treats pretty much everyone around her poorly, and it made little sense to us when the niece decided to go with her when she abruptly left her husband during her grandmother’s funeral. The entire story arc just feels unfocused and poorly executed, and it effectively undermines the talent of the actors involved here.

OVERALL

Lucy in the Sky starts out with some promise, but it deteriorates into sillier and sillier stuff, culminating in an ending that had us shaking our heads at the absurdity of it all.

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Blu-ray Review: IT Chapter Two

December 9, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Blu-ray Review: IT Chapter Two
For the ritual to work, however, each of them must unlock more memories by dealing with various traumatic events and gathering mementos from their past. While the ordeals affect everyone differently, Bill is the most haunted, blaming himself for the death of his little brother Georgie, and resolving to go after Pennywise. The Losers Club won’t let him go alone, though, as they descend into the sewers together for a final showdown.
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Blu-ray Review: The Goldfinch

December 2, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments (0)
Second, is the film’s look. There’s a very clean, attractive style to how things are shot, and the stark divide between New York and Las Vegas helps you feel Theo’s isolation and anguish over leaving his home to come to this new place. There’s always some level of appeal to seeing upper-class NYC, and there’s plenty of that, too. Bottom line, the film is undoubtedly a real looker.
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Blu-ray Review: Dora and the Lost City of Gold

November 18, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments (0)
Back in the jungle, Dora takes charge and decides to find Parapata and her parents with the help of Alejandro and her classmates. The deeper they go into the jungle, the more dangerous it becomes, and the group must work together to survive. The mercenaries haven’t given up, though, and not everything is as it seems.
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Blu-ray Review: The Kitchen

November 2, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments (0)
While the idea is interesting, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The way that the various shop owners just go along with the idea of three women undercutting the mob with basically no questions asked seemed lazy and absurd. It feels like they went from broke to successful overnight, and since no struggle or adversity is shown in reaching that point it doesn’t provide a reason to feel happy for them. They blew through that aspect of the story far too quickly in a rush to start piling up the dead bodies.
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