018: Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

 

Episodes in the life of the eternally effervescent Poppy, aka Sally Hawkins. A welterweight in this British director’s oeuvre, Happy-Go-Lucky is a balancing act in themes of good and evil. Even with a dawdling first third and an arguably exhaustive lead character, the surprisingly captivating underplay and direction keeps you interested. A decent enough Mike Leigh film is still a pretty good flick by anyone else’s standards.

THE GOOD: Eddie Marsan as Scott the hotheaded driving instructor and antithesis to Poppy’s positivity.

THE BAD: Hawkin’s driving skills.

THE UGLY: Camden Town suburbia. Not just ugly, it looks like dull.

★★★☆☆☆

IMDb it.

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