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So, Lucy...

October 1st, 2014 (12:01 am)

...was a rather fantastic little film, IMO. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from it (about the only things I had in my mind about it were Scarlett Johansson; Morgan Freeman; and superheroes; the latter turned out to be totally inaccurate - superpowers are involved, but not in a superhero kind of way), but it was (again, purely IMO) really good, well made, well written, interestingly directed, well acted. Some of it was a bit of a mindscrew (not quite of 2001: A Space Odyssey proportions, although bits of it kind of invite comparisons with that film), but mostly it seemed to have a (to me) fairly straightforward, easy to understand, more or less linear plot, with some interesting flourishes.

Despite being very much a global film (scenes set and filmed in Taiwan, Paris and New York, with lots of sweeping nighttime cityscapes), it felt very intimate and small-scale in places. Which is kind of emphasised by the brief running time (it lasts only an hour and a half; less if you don't stay for all of the end credits). Which may be why the tickets were only £3:95; or the fact that it's been out for a couple of months may have something to do with that.

Had a moment of startling recognition at the start when I saw Lucy's boyfriend Richard. It was the guy who played Kasper Juul in Borgen. Also Julian Rhind-Tutt had a cameo.

I seem to have inadvertently become a bit of a Scarlett Johansson fan in the last couple of years. Definitely want to make the effort to watch more stuff she's in.

For about 25 minutes between the advertised start time of 9:30, and the film actually beginning, we got, instead of the usual adverts and trailers, some music. Basically, music from, or at least used in, films (something by AC/DC was playing when I arrived...). I recognised Let it go from Frozen, for a start. And this was played. Audio only. It...loses a certain something without the visuals. But heh, it's the Minions, and therefore Officially Awesome.



Speaking of which, this one never gets old...



"Underwe-ea-ear..."