Director: Mike Barker
Casts: Mila Kunis as Tiffani “Ani” Fanelli, Chiara Aurelia as young Ani, Finn Wittrock as Luke Harrison, and Justine Lupe as Nell Rutherford
Luckiest Girl Alive (2022) is a drama and mystery film directed by Mike Barker. This film is based on Jessica Knoll’s best-selling 2015 novel of the same name. Picturestart produced and Netflix released the film. Luckiest Girl Alive runs around 1 hour and 50 minutes and the only language used is English.
The film Luckiest Girl Alive explores a variety of social and educational challenges, as well as the anguish that these difficulties generate.
Luckiest Girl Alive tells the story of a beautiful, brilliant, and well-doing New Yorker who works for a fashion magazine as a writer. This film takes us back to her past when a director of a crime documentary asks her to tell the story of an incident that happened during her teenage years in school. She is asked to go down memory lane to rediscover and reveal those nasty experiences from her teenage years.
A bit About Luckiest Girl Alive
Luckiest Girl Alive starts with Tifani FaNelli (a woman who aspires to work as an editor for the New York Times Magazine) preparing for her wedding, which will take place in approximately six weeks. She wishes for a grandiose but classy wedding celebration.
She is engaged to be married to Luke Harrison, a gorgeous gentleman from a wealthy family. Ani thinks Luke adores her because she possesses “something no trust fund can buy – the edge.”
Ani enjoys her career but despises babies.
Ani is contacted at work one day by Aaron Wickersham, an independent filmmaker, and director of a crime documentary, who is working on an event that occurred at her school when she was still a teenager. He needs answers to many questions about the incident.
The incident that occurred during her high school years sparked debate over whether Ani was a hero or an accomplice.
Dinah, Ani’s mother, does not want Ani to go to the interview where she’ll talk about those nasty incidents because she believes it will stain her image and harm Ani’s chances of marrying Luke.
Ani eventually tells her fiancé what occurred and how it affected her. Ani claims she has carried this heinous experience with her for years, and it has fuelled her wrath to the point that she no longer recognizes herself.
Dean, Tifani’s high school classmate, filed a claim about her, and in exchange for the allegation to be dismissed, he instructs Ani not to discuss the incident that occurred.
Ani can no longer hold the hurt within her and would not want what happended to her to happen to others, She take steps to bring this evildoer to justice.
Luckiest Girl Alive Film Review
I’ve just completed seeing Luckiest Girl Alive, and I want to share my thoughts about it.
Luckiest Girl Alive is not your typical drama or mystery film. This movie explores certain social issues that are now plaguing society and how they affect us as people.
Now, let me talk about the actor’s and actresses’ performances before I get into the review in detail.
Mila Kunis portrays Ani Fanelli, a bright writer whose life seems perfect but who is tormented and punished by her past. Kunis plays an ambitious yet disengaged woman who has created a persona that fits her freshly constructed life. In essence, she embodies a strong, powerful lady.
As part of her scheme to start a new life, she meticulously built a portrayal of Fanelli that screams money and success. She also successfully illustrates the triggers, anxieties, and effects on daily life that a traumatized person experiences.
Kumis’ performance was the star of the show. Her performance in this film, in my opinion, is her career’s best.
Finn Wittrock has a supporting role as Luke Harrison. He played the part of the gentleman from an affluent family who is Ani’s fiancé.
He has to cope with someone who frequently experience flashbacks to nasty events from her past, which adds a lot of emotion to his portrayal.
Wittrock doesn’t spend a lot of time in front of the camera, but he uses it well to portray himself as someone empathetic and supportive.
The connection between Kumis and Wittrock seemed appealing to me. Together, they work well. What a fantastic show they gave!
Despite not being a humorous genre, Luckiest Girl Alive has some sort of humor in it and made me smile. Especially when Ani’s inner voice speaks. You’d love this too.
I love the film settings, every one of them. The soundtrack and sound effects in the movie are amazing. They are fantastic.
Additionally, the camera work and lighting are very excellent. The setting is lit up, making it easy to see the actors and actresses, and even the beautiful environment. Excellent camera movement and positioning. Outstanding work from the crew.
Luckiest Girl Alive does well in holding its cards close to its heart and gradually laying them on the table so that the audience can see the wider picture. The movie is suspenseful and keeps you glued to your screen, to put it simply.
All of the aforementioned points about this movie are positive; let’s now explore a few drawbacks.
First of all, Luckiest Girl Alive moves too slowly (the pace of the film). I am aware that the movie is a drama, and dramas are typically slow, but this film is slower than usual.
Second, the movie lacked intrigue. This movie is not boring but it is not as exciting as I expected. Although the story being presented is a sad one, but who says sad stories can’t still be interesting and exciting?
The movie is suspenseful, so you can’t look away lest you miss a crucial plot point, but there isn’t much excitement or motivation to keep me watching, aside from the fact that I’m curious about what happens in the end.
Since this plot is based on a novel, I can’t hold the filmmaker responsible for this, but I’m still offering my honest view.
Did you know?
Chiara Aurelia was pranked by her management team into thinking she didn’t get her part in The Luckiest Girl Alive.
When asked by the interviewer how she learned she was getting the part of young Ani, Chiara Aurelia replied, “Oh, I have a story.”
“Let me start by noting that I constantly make fun of my manager and agency. We joke a lot.”
“Since I was ten years old, my agency has represented me. And since I was 13 or 14, my manager has worked for us. Consequently, we are great friends and extremely close. Anyway, I read the screenplay before my audition and I liked it.”
She continues by saying “I met the director, Mike Barker, and I was gradually falling in love with the project. Because it was a little scary to have my heart shattered, I didn’t talk about how much I loved it. I met with Mike again, and this time they wanted me to try out once more.”
“A couple of days later, my agency and management phoned to let me know that the audition has been canceled.”
“What?” I exclaimed.
“Are they postponing my audition?”
“Yeah, they’ve found their gal,” the caller declared.
“My heart had been broken. Now that I think about it, I’m a little angry”.
They continue, “Because that girl is you,” after that. And I started crying. As stated by Stylecaster
In conclusion, I enjoyed Luckiest Girl Alive though it wasn’t as captivating as I expected. I enjoyed it because it discusses several major societal concerns including abuse, as well as how these events traumatize the victims involved. I have never been abused, but this film helps me comprehend what abuse victims go through and what they must deal with for the rest of their lives.
Because of the sex, profanity, and violence, I would suggest this film to anybody over the age of 16.
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