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Lucy in the Sky (2019)

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Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.

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Noah Hawley

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Brian C. Brown (story by), Elliott DiGuiseppi (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Lucy Cola
Jon Hamm ... Mark Goodwin
Zazie Beetz ... Erin Eccles
Dan Stevens ... Drew Cola
Pearl Amanda Dickson ... Blue Iris
Ellen Burstyn ... Nana Holbrook
Colman Domingo ... Frank Paxton
Jeremiah Birkett ... Hank Lynch
Jeffrey Donovan ... Jim Hunt
Tig Notaro ... Kate Mounier
Stella Edwards ... Chelsea
Arlo Mertz ... Emily
Tobias Schönleitner Tobias Schönleitner ... Miles Henckle
Diana DeLaCruz ... Dr. Addison
Cali DiCapo ... Elementary School Girl
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Storyline

In LUCY IN THE SKY, Natalie Portman plays Lucy Cola, a strong woman whose determination and drive as an astronaut take her to space, where she's deeply moved by the transcendent experience of seeing her life from afar. Back home as Lucy's world suddenly feels too small, her connection with reality slowly unravels. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language and some sexual content. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2019 (Slovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Pale Blue Dot See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,058, 6 October 2019

Gross USA:

$154,612

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,612
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2.39 : 1
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Reese Witherspoon replaced Natalie Portman in the lead role but dropped out to focus on season 2 of Big Little Lies (2017). Later, Portman returned in the lead role. See more »

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fly me to the moon - to get away from this movie
11 October 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. 'Space - the final frontier.' Well, that wasn't the case for real life astronaut Lisa Nowak. In 2007, Nowak made the national news for her cross-country, diaper-wearing road trip that ended with her being arrested in Orlando for attempted kidnapping. Nowak had been a Navy pilot and conducted spacewalks as an astronaut. She had been married and divorced from a NASA contractor, and the purpose of her long drive to Orlando was to kidnap the astronaut she had an affair with and the astronaut that she had been dumped for by that astronaut (the other one she was kidnapping). Noah Hawley's feature film directorial debut is "inspired by true events", and about the only thing missing is those diapers.

OK, that's not the only thing. Also missing are a coherent story, believable dialogue, a realistic Texas accent, a competent psychologist, and an inspiring story of girl power. Natalie Portman plays Lucy Cola, and the film opens with her being filled with awe during a spacewalk that will forever make life on Earth seem small ... even while her dreadful accent (with San Angelo gun joke) tortures the ears of every viewer. Jon Hamm co-stars as astronaut Mark Goodwin, the "action-figure" prize in the eyes of Lucy. This despite Lucy's cheery, stable and very grounded husband Drew (Dan Stevens), who works in NASA Public Relations. Playing the 4th wheel in what should have been two separate two-wheelers is astronaut Erin Eccles (an underutilized Zazie Beetz). Thankfully, Ellen Burstyn is around to inject some raunchy old woman humor and life lessons as Lucy's Nana. For no apparent reason, other than possibly in hopes of attracting a younger audience, Pearl Amanda Dixon plays Iris, Lucy's teenage niece. Iris spends most of the movie casting confused looks at her famous aunt, wondering why Nana told her to take any advice from Lucy.

Noah Hawley is best known for his excellent TV work with "Fargo", and here is credited as co-writer with Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. It's the first feature film for all three and it shows. There are some interesting ideas and approaches, but most of the stylistic attempts are just too much: the non-stop shifting of aspect ratios, the by design blurring (out of focus) images, and the Malick-type edits early on, are all more distracting than artistic.

There are some intriguing bits to Lucy's character. She's a woman in a field dominated by Type A men, and she matches or exceeds all in determination, grit and expertise. It's only after she is "star struck" that she begins her descent into mental and emotional instability. As she loses herself, there is a scene where Hamm's Goodwin is watching the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy over and over. That scene probably offers more insight into being an astronaut than most anything we see from Lucy. As for the finale, it's a rain-soaked mess, and perhaps drives home the point that the filmmakers were handcuffed by a true life story that was simply too bizarre to work as a movie ... especially since they left out the diapers.


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