Film Bitch History
Oscar History
Welcome

The Film Experience™ was created by Nathaniel R. Gemini, Cinephile, Actressexual. All material herein is written and copyrighted by Nathaniel or a member of our team as noted.

Powered by Squarespace
Don't Miss This!
Comment Fun
Keep TFE Strong

We're looking for 500... no 461 Patron SaintsIf you read us daily, please be one.  Your suscription dimes make an enormous difference. Consider...

I ♥ The Film Experience

THANKS IN ADVANCE

Interviews

Ritesh Batra on Photograph

recent

Daniel Schmidt and Gabriel Abrantes (Diamantino)
Wanuri Kahiu (Rafiki)
Jia Zhang-ke (Ash is Purest White)
Christian Petzoldt (Transit)
Richard E Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
Toni Collette (Hereditary)
Glenn Close (The Wife)

What'cha Looking For?
Subscribe
« Yes, No, Maybe So: "Sonic the Hedgehog" | Main | Links »
Saturday
May042019

Tribeca 2019: "Lucky Grandma"

And here is Jason Adams reporting from Tribeca again...

It's easy to recognize Grandma -- she's the one called Grandma. But if you're sitting about ten feet away from Chinatown NYC as I am as I type this review, it's even easier -- I could step out onto the street and see a dozen women who look just like Grandma. If I happened to walk just a little further away to the local movie theater, I wouldn't see a single Grandma, not one. And that is what makes Sasie Sealy's film Lucky Grandma feel so easily revolutionary. Grandmas are everywhere, but this is the one...

Grandma herself feels like she's The One too -- she gets a happy fortune-telling and heads off on the bus to gamble her good luck towards a brighter future. One brighter than her son, ensconced as he is in suburban anonymity with the wife and kids, wants for her, which is to hole up there and just grow properly old and blandly respectable. Grandma, a cigarette between every finger and behind every ear, is too feisty for all that just yet, and so she dives into an adventure, finding herself right quick on the run from gangsters, rolling in dead bodies and stolen dough.

Lucky Grandma owes big debts to the broad high-concept comedies of the 80s and 90s, things like Stop or My Mom Will Shoot or Turner & Hooch, where there's always a diabolical gangster around every corner waiting for the colorful main character to SNAFU themselves up. But, really, bless it for that. It's an easy ride, goofy and fun, with a marvelously entertaining performance of high-wire sourness from Tsai Chin, who elevates its high-concept to an art-form. I'm down to score my ticket and big tub of popcorn to Lucky Grandma II: Luckier Grandma right this minute for another wacky adventure with this one.

Lucky Grandma plays tomorrow at Tribeca

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (1)

Wow! Love that Tsai Chen is still going strong. However, I always hear her Auntie Lindo saying “Waverly” in a warning tone whenever I see her.

May 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>