Review in Brief: Lucy in the Sky (2019)

Questioning truth and the nature of reality is one of Noah Hawley’s favourite things to do. In FARGO it’s the weekly repeated introduction taken from the Coen Brothers film that “This is a true story”. In LUCY IN THE SKY we have “Inspired by true events”, though the story of a female astronaut’s erratic behavior on her return to Terra Firma has little to do with the real Lisa Nowak. Noah Hawley’s obsession with composing shots around neat lines and geometric shapes from his TV work is present and correct and Natalie Portman is reliable as always, but the film doesn’t really scratch the surface of Lucy as person struggling with living in the moment and Hawley’s usual bonkers imagination is disappointingly absent for the most part. This needed to be weirder or more grounded and as it is this is frustratingly halfway between tones. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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