Friday, June 17, 2022

"Good Luck to You, Leo Grande"

I had a chance to see an early screening of "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande".
Early in the movie it occurred to me that Nancy, the character Emma Thompson is playing, is reminiscent of the character she plays in "Love Actually", where textually she seems very buttoned up and yet because it is Emma Thompson you see the hidden depths there too. In fact, in my humble opinion, if you consider this basically a bonus chapter to "Love Actually" you might enjoy it more.
This is not to say the movie doesn't stand on its own. But it does operate in the way of many what I call conversation plays. Plays that introduce you to a slice of a few characters lives and then the idea is you and your friends all get to talk about what it means. This is an excellent way to entertain oneself. 
Also, because it's on streaming and I know some folks might pause, it seems worth noting, in a choice that I'm sure is intended to have meaning on multiple levels, the amount of each character we see physically grows larger, so if at the end of the first encounter you think, hmm, your patience, in that sense at least, will be rewarded.
Content note: While the consent for sexual situations is firmly positive throughout, there is an incident of boundary crossing that occurs.