Monday, January 6, 2020

Digital Review - Lucy in the Sky

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Does anyone recall seeing advertisements last fall for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Lucy in the Sky starring Natalie Portman?

Well, you're not the only one! I never even heard of the movie until I received a press release about it being released to Digital HD on Dec. 17th. For some reason, I was under the impression the movie was about space exploration, so I agreed to watch a digital screener.

The film centers around Astronaut Lucy Cola (played by Portman), who returns to Earth after being on her first mission in space. While all the other astronauts seem to be just fine from the mission, Lucy seems to be a bit loopy! She makes an attempt to go back to a normal life with her husband and niece but all she can think about it is going back to space.

Despite being advised to take things slow upon her return, Lucy is determined to make the cut for the next NASA space mission, even it means nearly drowning just so she can beat an underwater test record. Things take a turn for the worse when she begins an affair with a fellow astronaut, Mark Goodwin (played by Jon Hamm), which is against NASA's rules.

What starts out as a fun fling, quickly turn into an obsession, resulting n Lucy going completely mad.

Digital HD Bonus Extras include:
  • Deleted Scenes
    •  “Lucy Teaches"
    • “Mark Takes Lucy to the Roof” 
    • “Lucy Leaves Erin in the Simulator” 
    • “Lucy and Iris Get Pulled Over” 
  • Director’s Journey 
  • Creating Magical Realism 
  • Making Space 
  • Lucy Cola

Final Thoughts

Minus the first few minutes, Lucy in the Sky has little do with actual space exploration. Instead the film is loosely based on the criminal activities of real-life astronaut Lisa Nowak. I'm not going to go into any more details on this woman. If you want to know more, just "google" her name!

The movie received horrible reviews and bombed at the box office. It only made just over $300,000 against a $27 million budget! I'm taking a wild guess that the budget went mostly to the cast as there's no way the film cost $27 million to make.

Directed by Noah Hawley, who worked on the Fargo television series, you would of thought his first feature film would be at least decent. Wrong! The directing is choppy, the camera is all over the place, and the editing is horrible. The script is pretty awful with campy dialogue that would make a better fit a bad made-for-Lifetime movie.

Overall, Lucy in the Sky is a forgettable movie that's painful to watch. (I hope that sentence makes sense!) The only enjoyable factor is Natalie Portman's weird but good performance as crazy Lucy.

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