Saturday, July 21, 2007

Cinema Talk - Lucky You (2007)

124 minutes
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Written by Curtis Hanson, Eric Roth
Starring • Eric Bana • Drew Barrymore • Robert Duvall

Before I start, I must admit, I know nothing about poker or anything that seemingly like poker. I actually bought the ticket, just to check on, if Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore share a chemistry. And before I even start talking about the film, they sadly don't. And sooner I realise their romantic story is only a smokescreen, what is actually the film within the film is the poker game.

I really want to know, what made Hanson and Eric Roth to include the romantic angle in the film. I believe the Father-Son drama was good enough false facade to pull of the poker game. I timed the last poker series game and it came close to over 20 minutes. Soon my mind warded off to Indian Epic Breakthrough film "Lagaan", where the farmers play a cricket match with their colonial master to decide on their tax debt. The final match is about an hour long, completely riveting and edge of the seat thriller.

I really liked the way, the poker game was shown and interest builds up till the finale of the poker series. Also the complete absence of the LAS VEGAS casino genre elements of gun, sex and drugs was a real twister in the film. The scene, where both Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana witness the fountain with the landscape of Las Vegas was a stealer in the film. You start witnessing the Las Vegas scenery with a new perspective. Why do you do so?

That's the beauty of the script; you live the character of Eric Bana from the first frame o the film. The way he presents his case, while selling off his mother's ring was a beautiful introduction to any character can ever get. His performance is also note-worthy, but as I have mentioned before, it is his character, the game, his father and his transformation as a person due to Drew Barrymore is the crux of the film.

But the soul of the film remains the game. What didn't really work was the pretext of romance in the film. That should have been avoided.

My Rating: 5/10


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