Apologies for Toronto Film Festival, but Lucy In The Sky doesn’t even deserve to be considered for a nomination. It’s always a downer when talented artists pour everything they’ve got into a film that stubbornly refuses to come to life.
Let me start by saying that Natalie Portman is a great actor, and she gives it her all in this movie. But it isn’t enough to overcome Lucy in the Sky‘s confused approach to its jumbled story. It’s a disheartening mess and waste of talent, sunk by a lack of focus, misguided choices and insistently unproductive, at times incoherent clashing tones.
To be honest, I couldn’t even finish watching the whole thing. I just gave up 60 per cent in. Even highly psychological movies need ups and downs to draw the viewer. This movie is a flatline of boredom and confusion. I’m not really sure how it was even greenlit to begin with. Fox Searchlight (or Searchlight Pictures now) are known for their great cultural movies, this one is not even close to that status.
As an oversimplified look at mental illness that never takes flight, no amount of obtrusive, flashy direction can make up for the weakness of the script of this movie, even Portman’s acting skills didn’t manage to save it.
Should you watch it?
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Lucy In The Sky on Crave in Canada.