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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 93 Min.|
|FSK:||6 years and older|
|Anzahl der Disc:||1|
|Sprachen:||German, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
Film: Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) used to be the best journalist at a music magazine in Seattle. It was she who discovered Matthew Smith, one of the most influential musicians of his generation. But those days are long gone. Meanwhile the magazine is struggling for survival and Ellie's boss Giles (Oliver Platt) is tightening her thumbscrews: if she wants to keep her job, she has to deliver a real bang article. And what better theme could there be than the disappearance of Matthew Smith without a trace? Reluctantly, Ellie embarks on a search for her ex. She is accompanied by an old friend, the wannabe documentary filmmaker Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), who wants to make a film about Ellie and her search for the former star. But is Matthew Smith still alive? And if so, why doesn't he want to be found? Not an easy task for the journalist, especially since the young musician Lucas (Ryan Eggold) is still twisting her head...
With "Lucky Them - In Search of Matthew Smith" director Megan Griffiths has staged a very nice story about love, letting go and music. She mixes humorous with some rather quiet, thoughtful moments to an atmospheric whole, which Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church also carry very well through the more lengthy moments. The atmospheric locations in Seattle and the surrounding area ("Twin Peaks" fans will recognize one of their favourite locations) and the mainly soft, very catchy soundtrack also contribute to the fact that the viewer simply feels comfortable and enjoys watching the basically rather unspectacular story.
Ellie Klug is a clearly drawn character. Since she was abandoned by her great love, she has lost not only her passion for music. She has also lost the ability to love and trust again. That's why she only gets involved with one-night stands. And when things get a little more intimate, as is the case with Lucas, she (subconsciously) uses every opportunity to nip a happy relationship in the bud. Her appearance sometimes seems a bit undercooled or even arrogant, but Toni Collette's play makes sure that Ellie always has the audience's sympathies on her side. The same applies to the figure of Charlie. Actually, he's quite an idiot, but thanks to Thomas Haden Church, you just have to like him. The two are a great duo, which is very well supported by Oliver Platt, Ryan Eggold and Johnny Depp in a mini supporting role.
It's especially nice that Griffiths doesn't serve the emotional moments too pushy. The finale in particular is almost subtle, making it all the more beautiful and touching. There are one or two questions left unanswered in the end. Still, the last scene provides a very satisfying ending, which just makes you happy. Of course, the film isn't exactly spectacular and also not incredibly profound. But if you can get involved in the story and let yourself be enmeshed by the captivating atmosphere, you will experience 90 very entertaining minutes of nice entertainment, which can be warmly recommended to all lovers of movies like "Can a Song save your Life". Worth seeing!
Picture + sound: The very clean picture of the DVD pleases with its warm, very harmonious coloration and a tidy image sharpness, which shows only in darker scenes a few minor weaknesses. The sound is rather unspectacular, which is not unusual for a small comedy dominated by dialogues and music like this one. The surround channels are only used very sporadically, but for the most part the tonal events take place in the front area. But since this fits to the movie and there are at least some dynamics in the surround range, the bottom line is that this is enough for a satisfied one: Good!
Extras: As a bonus the DVD has a short making of (approx. 12 min.).
Fazit: "Lucky Them - In Search of Matthew Smith" is a nice, charming comedy about love, letting go and music. The very unagitated staging convinces with good actors, atmospheric pictures and a stirring soundtrack. Those who like movies like "Can a Song save your Life" should not miss this home cinema premiere. The DVD is technically well done, the bonus material is not lush, but worth seeing. The bottom line for this is a deserved one: Recommended!
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