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Happy-Go-Lucky
DVD disk
03.23.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
Happy-Go-Lucky order
Director:
Mike Leigh

Actors:
Sally Hawkins
Eddie Marsan
Alexis Zegerman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Poppy is a carefree school teacher who’s not afraid to seize the day, attempting to brighten the mood and spirits of everyone around her in the process. Whether they like it or not.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’m not a big fan of British/English humor. I made an exception for the show EXTRAS simply cause a buddy of mine told me it was funny. And it was in its own way, but the main character’s lady friend made me want to reach through the screen and strangle her. I feel the same way about Sally Hawkin’s character Poppy.

From the first time she opens her mouth, you KNOW she’s one of those bubbly, annoying chicks who grate on your nerves like nails on a chalkboard. If she was super hot (and I mean Megan Fox hot) you’d grit your teeth and deal with it, but sadly, such is not the case. The story moves at a crawl, which doesn’t help either. Poppy’s friends and sisters aren’t very interesting, nor is much of what they have to say I’m afraid. Trying to guess when Scott (her angry driving instructor) was going to explode was a fun little game at first, but you quickly grow tired of him and all his paranoid delusions.

I never really understood where this movie was going, or what it was trying to say beyond the whole “Life is a box of chocolates” gimmick they’re pushing. Poppy does what makes her happy, and doesn’t let anyone drag her down. I totally dig that and couldn’t agree more with this philosophy, but does that make Happy-Go-Lucky a fun two hours? Not really.

This film won a pile of awards, but this ain’t the Oscars baby! And you can bet your ass there’s a ton of better flicks you can spend your money on. This film is warm and fuzzy for people who are into that sort of thing (I’m not), but I’d call this a drama before a comedy so don’t be fooled by the cover. This film is all about pointing out that the key to happiness is whatever makes you happy, and not to let anyone else tell you otherwise. And that’s cool and all, but only if you’re in the mood for a lecture. You wanna know what makes me happy? Popping zombie heads like grapes with a shotgun! So if you’ll excuse me, Resident Evil 5 is calling.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary: Writer/Director Mike Leigh is not the most vocal fella in the world. His narrative rambles on and off like a man describing every inch of a skyscraper from top to bottom. He’s quite proud of himself though, going on about all the “tricks” he’s trying to play on the audience with each passing scene. I think he’s convinced this film is far more funny and sophisticated than it really is.

Behind the Wheel of Happy-Go-Lucky: Seven cameras were used to capture the brooding buildup between Poppy and Scott throughout her driving lessons. These two characters were mirror images of one another, and they pretty much explain what you’ve already surmised about their relationship. Poppy wants to get through to Scott. Scott is nuts. Scott nearly kills Poppy. The irony? She paid for this wonderful service.

Happy-In-Character: The cast share the steps taken in becoming their characters. The director saw the film as more a feeling than an idea, and I can totally see that. They spend the bulk of their time discussing the process of character creation but I kinda had the impression this was all pretty standard stuff. Sally admits Poppy was required to have a naughty twinkle in her eye, which only confirms my suspicions of lesbian activity. I knew I was right.

Sneak Peaks: We get a couple trailers, TV series promos and a homage to Miramax Films. I’ll never get tired of watching PULP FICTION clips.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This film tries to show you what’s supposed to make you happy, but ends up a tad preachy and annoying in the process. Not to mention, the London accents and slang may have you scratching your head in confusion. This film’s a gamble. You’ll either enjoy it or hate it. And if it’s any consolation, I think you’ll know after the first ten minutes.
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