A review of this — 3 years ago
I rented Happy-Go-Lucky from redbox on a whim. It felt like one of those films that, after missing its time in theatres, I would never watch. But I did. At first it seemed almost pointless to me and I only continued because I always finish movies. By the end, however, I was in awe. The beauty and meaning of this film snuck up on me completely. To watch the transformation of an actor and the character they personify, but only realize it at the film’s closing as you examine yourself…is incredible. Mike Leigh definitely delivers a surprising and gorgeous film that everyone should give a chance. Don’t give up. It’s so worth it: a two-hour film that allows you to see who you are and makes you wonder if there’s some piece of joy right in front of you that you might be missing.