‘Lucy in the Sky’ Review: Noah Hawley’s Drama Fails to Launch | TIFF 2019

Collider | 9/11/2019 | Matt Goldberg
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Lucy in the Sky, the feature film debut of Noah Hawley (the creator of the TV series Fargo and Legion), has an interesting and compelling starting point. Most of us will never go to outer space in our life times. At this point in our history, that honor is reserved for a select few, and being able to touch the cosmos has to transform you in some kind of way. Hawley ponders what that kind of experience would do to someone after you return to Earth, and then just spends about 80 minutes musing on it before he just shrugs, rips a story from the headlines, and pops in a conclusion that’s as good as any other. It’s a movie that feints at being invested in the emotional lives of women, but really just can’t get past its premise.

Lucy Cola (Natalie Portman) is awed by her recent trip into space, and when she returns to Earth, everything seems smaller and far away. She’s anxious to return to the cosmos in an upcoming NASA mission to reclaim that unique high and deal with her existential crisis. Her solution while on Earth is to cheat on her sweet, inoffensive husband Drew (Dan Stevens) with NASA’s resident bad boy Mark Goodwin (Jon Hamm). But as Lucy competes with another candidate (Zazie Beetz) and starts losing Mark’s attention, she starts to unravel, driven by a compulsive need to get back to a place where things have meaning.

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Noah Hawley has a habit, which you can see on Legion, of trying to use the visuals to explain the mental states of the characters, but doing it in such a way that the character ends up getting overshadowed by the stylistic flourishes. The medium takes over the message and so you’re constantly paying attention to how the...
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