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

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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