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 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 3:47 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've just returned from the Norwegian International Film Festival, but because we produced the festival paper, there wasn't time for that much film viewing.

One of the few I did see, however, was Luc Besson's LUCY.

Man, what a fantastic film! I was actually moved by it -- not so much the story per se, but to see one of my old director favourites return to form so magnificently. In my opinon, this is on the same level as his 80's and 90's highlights (SUBWAY, ATLANTIS, BIG BLUE, LEON, NIKITA and THE FIFTH ELEMENT). All the things that I love about him, and that put him in the socalled 'cinema du look' movement is here -- pulsating audiovisual ideas in blue and red, tight editing, brilliant action, and some interesting crosscuts. And Scarlet Johansson in the middle.

I was so engrossed by the experience that I failed to pay that much attention to Serra's score, but the little I did hear was wonderful. Some modern rhytmical figures, nice melodies and beautiful textures. I can't wait to hear it on album.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

We may well go and see this tomorrow evening, so thanks for the positive waves, Moriarty!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

It'ds funny how tastes differ. I thought LUCY was pretty awful. It starts from a flawed premise in the first place (that humans only use 10% of their brains) and goes from there; a terrible screenplay with awful dialogue, stilted performances (especially from Johansson, whose increasing 'lack of emotion' makes no sense), action sequences ripped wholesale from other better movies (The Matrix anyone?), poorly conceived character motivation, and a wholly confusing ending which doesn't seem to know what point it's trying to make.

Oh, well.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

I thought the score was pretty disappointing too:

http://moviemusicuk.us/2014/07/29/lucy-eric-serra/

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It'ds funny how tastes differ. I thought LUCY was pretty awful. It starts from a flawed premise in the first place (that humans only use 10% of their brains) and goes from there; a terrible screenplay with awful dialogue, stilted performances (especially from Johansson, whose increasing 'lack of emotion' makes no sense), action sequences ripped wholesale from other better movies (The Matrix anyone?), poorly conceived character motivation, and a wholly confusing ending which doesn't seem to know what point it's trying to make.

Oh, well.


Yikes!

Well, it wouldn't be fun if we all felt the same way.

For me, this is the best film of the year (so far). I'll have to postpone a proper evaluation of the score untill I've digested the album.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I saw LUCY yesterday. I guess I fall somewhere in the middle. The film asks an interesting question--what could we do if we could use our brain at a higher level?--but it doesn't come up with any unique postulates (telekinesis, mind-reading). Johansson certainly shows emotion early in the film--her fear when first captured by the drug gang, her phone call to her mother from the hospital--but as her intellect grows, her emotions recede, as she becomes more computer-like, eventually becoming "the cloud." I am everywhere. The film's action sequences are not special (body levitation, gun battles, a car chase), but are nevertheless well-handled by Besson. He minimizes the use of the "shaky cam" and the editing allows you to follow the action. But as a whole, I certainly don't think LUCY is as stimulating in either its ideas or its staging as, say, INCEPTION. As for the score, I'm not an Eric Serra fan, and this film has just the unmemorable type of score I expect for this genre.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2014 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

I'm with Thor on this one. I loved the film (and yes, I know about the whole 10% thing being BS...but hey, it's fantasy...just go with it) and I thought the score was spot on. I know there is a lot of Serra hate on this board, but I have no problem with him and like his scores, even the much-cursed GOLDENEYE.
I rarely like contemporary end title songs, but even that was good with LUCY.

For such a high profile film, I was surprised to find that none of the usual suspects are carrying the CD. Not Amazon, SAE, or Intrada (unless their search is screwed up). I ordered it from amazon.fr and got it yesterday. Enjoying it immensely...perhaps his best yet.

 
 Posted:   Nov 7, 2015 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

It'ds funny how tastes differ. I thought LUCY was pretty awful. It starts from a flawed premise in the first place (that humans only use 10% of their brains) and goes from there; a terrible screenplay with awful dialogue, stilted performances (especially from Johansson, whose increasing 'lack of emotion' makes no sense), action sequences ripped wholesale from other better movies (The Matrix anyone?), poorly conceived character motivation, and a wholly confusing ending which doesn't seem to know what point it's trying to make.

Oh, well.


Yikes!

Well, it wouldn't be fun if we all felt the same way.

For me, this is the best film of the year (so far). I'll have to postpone a proper evaluation of the score untill I've digested the album.


The film went by very fast which is a good indication of a successful film.
I liked it but would have liked it a lot more without all the violence which seemed gratuitous
as did some of the action scenes (esp. the boring one-way car chase).

Best of all, it is something different and how rare is that these days!!!!


check it out!
bruce


ps surprisingly, this was a big success in America. Way to go US movie goers!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 2:14 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

ps surprisingly, this was a big success in America. Way to go US movie goers!

It was? I didn't expect that. It has a lot of "French" sensibilities, which don't always go over well with US audiences.

Still my favourite film of last year, this! But the score wasn't quite as strong on album as I had expected while watching the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 4:05 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

It'ds funny how tastes differ. I thought LUCY was pretty awful. It starts from a flawed premise in the first place (that humans only use 10% of their brains) and goes from there; a terrible screenplay with awful dialogue, stilted performances (especially from Johansson, whose increasing 'lack of emotion' makes no sense), action sequences ripped wholesale from other better movies (The Matrix anyone?), poorly conceived character motivation, and a wholly confusing ending which doesn't seem to know what point it's trying to make.

Oh, well.



I totally agree.

I usually never buy DVD`s/Blu-Ray`s without either watched the movie on either the cinema or rented it. But in this case I did. Boy, did I regret it.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I totally agree.

I usually never buy DVD`s/Blu-Ray`s without either watched the movie on either the cinema or rented it. But in this case I did. Boy, did I regret it.


Ha! Couldn't disagree more, but that's taste for ya.

It's interesting -- the more dismissive remarks I read, the more I like it; like I've found some secret key to understanding and enjoying the film that others have not. It seems to be a very divisive movie. Like UNDER THE SKIN (which I also adored, and I know Bruce hated).

 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I'll jump in with the haters. The movie was gibberish. I know some will claim that I'm missing the point, that it's not about the science or the plot but the visual aesthetic . . . but, well, even on that level I didn't get much out of it, and what pleasure might have been had there was diminished by the idiotic script.

 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   MKRUltra   (Member)

The film is silly pulp nonsense, but it works, and the genuinely spectacular climactic, cosmic passages are better than the ones in Tree of Life for virtue of being refreshingly unpretentious.

I think too much of the score is presented on disc, especially the dull ambient stuff, but Serra's orchestral cues, especially for the finale, are fantastic. I was very surprised, because I don't usually care for his work. A shame this score only got a CD release in France.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

The film is silly pulp nonsense, but it works, and the genuinely spectacular climactic, cosmic passages are better than the ones in Tree of Life for virtue of being refreshingly unpretentious.

I think too much of the score is presented on disc, especially the dull ambient stuff, but Serra's orchestral cues, especially for the finale, are fantastic. I was very surprised, because I don't usually care for his work. A shame this score only got a CD release in France.


Or there's always US digital with booklet?
Lucy (Soundtrack From the Motion Picture) by Eric Serra
https://itun.es/us/9TnQ1

 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   MKRUltra   (Member)

Paying for lossy digital downloads isn't really my thing.

 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Didn't see the film but it looked like an "Akira" rip-off.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Didn't see the film but it looked like an "Akira" rip-off.

Not really. It has some manga ideas going for it towards the end, but it's a straight-up Luc Besson "Cinema du Look" (or Cinema du Luc, if you'll excuse the pun). Gloriously so. People shouldn't get too hung up in the science or plot, really. That's not what this is about.

 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)



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......The film went by very fast which is a good indication of a successful film.

bruce

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Yikes! I just found out the film was one hour and 28 minutes long; not 128 minutes like i thought!!!!
No wonder it went by so fast.

LOL!!
brm

 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Thor,

you actually liked THE FIFTH ELEMENT????!!!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2015 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thor,

you actually liked THE FIFTH ELEMENT????!!!!!!


Oh yes. Great, great film.

 
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