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.