Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is as delightful as its charming trailer suggested.
You’ll be unsurprised to learn that the film’s main highlight is Emma Thompson, whose turn as Nancy Stokes, a 55-year-old widow seeking a sexual adventure and human connection is beyond fun to watch.
Prepare yourself for a well-balanced script that features plenty of funny and perfectly awkward happenings to keep you engaged. And as invested as you’ll undoubtedly become in Nancy’s journey, you’ll also learn about the film’s namesake Leo Grande; whether through his interactions with Nancy, the hints in his quiet moments, or how he changes as the story progresses.
It’s certainly not difficult to like Daryl McCormack’s portrayal of Leo, especially once you see the care and empathy Leo displays in his dealings with Nancy.
In addition to making you laugh, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande will leave you with a handful of things to ponder on post-viewing. For example, the place that sex work currently has in society and the place it might have. There’s also the topic of the representation of female bodies in film, to name just one other.
Why not let yourself enjoy writer/director Sophie Hyde’s well-written hour and thirty minutes of engaging fun? After all, of all the movies filmed during the pandemic, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is arguably among the best.
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