Which is the Real Lucy?
I went to see the movie Lucy today. I’d wanted to see it since seeing a trailer several months ago, but the poor reviews since the film opened a few weeks ago had worried me. The movie I saw was definitely not what I was expecting based on the trailer, but neither was it the anemic movie that the reviews had led me to expect.
To my great surprise, Lucy is a movie designed to make its audience think. This is unusual for an American movie, especially a summer release. Summer releases are usually action-packed blockbusters, full of noise and special effects. A great example is Guardians of the Galaxy, which has a feel-good soundtrack, lots of action, wisecracks, and requires absolutely no thinking. It has rave reviews.
Lucy dares to delve into the meaning of life – both for an individual and for our entire species. For it, the purpose of life is to pass knowledge on to others, which I think is quite a good purpose. It also touches on religion – after all, a character amasses all knowledge (becomes omniscient) and is everywhere. What can that character be other than God?
I think most people are uncomfortable thinking about such subjects – thus the poor reviews for Lucy.
So, which is the real Lucy? The deep movie that I enjoyed today, or the weak attempt at a blockbuster described by the reviewers? I hope people go see it, but go ready to think, not just to be entertained while eating popcorn.