I like films with ideas that are far-fetched. That’s the magic of fiction in my eyes: there are no boundaries. All I ask is for it to be served well and believed in by the creators. Lucy, unfortunately, doesn’t deliver on either of these.
At least Lucy attempts to be better than it is. Over the first part of the film, I found myself growing to love the cut-ins, especially those of animals’ behaviour parallel to what the characters did. It worked. Unfortunately, they use it after that, too, overcomplicating what’s going on, as if they didn’t believe that the plot would hold up on it’s own — so they created confusion. I feel offended by this, because if they don’t believe in the film, why should I devote my money or time on it? Their simple, interesting idea explodes — and not in a good way. What a sad thing.
The beginning is slow, but pretty cool. Scarlett Johansson charms immediately and gives her bland character life. She alone doesn’t save anything, though, the things that are shit and the things that make you yawn are still there. Morgan Freeman is fantastic and probably the best thing about the film. That man’s bare presence is genius. Scarlett just gets to do all the cool things.
Another thing that I wanted to discuss is the soundtrack. The god-awful, completely unfitting soundtrack. It took me until 90% to understand how much it annoyed me, but once I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about how a score more subtle, quieter even, would have made all the difference. What we get, especially in the third act, is a completely generic and ordinary sound picking up intensity with each passing moment, the same thing we see in most films. Only difference — it usually works in these. Lucy needs something different.
Lucy had a moral: time is the only thing we can be sure of. And some moments are really worth our time. But those are the quiet moments, the in-betweens, not the main events. The only real thing they amount to is an ethreal feeling as the credits start to roll and some food for thought on the many ways how films like Lucy are corrupted. I think I liked this film, but, sadly, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a bad film.