Good Luck To You, Leo Grande Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Not a film I knew a lot about going in, I think I only became aware of it when the trailer played before something else I watched (I don’t know what film I would’ve watched that would’ve felt like their audience was for this film). I purely only watched it as I needed a gap to be filled and it was the only thing I hadn’t seen. But I’m always down to see something new, something I wasn’t aware of, something with someone as talented as we know Emma Thompson is.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande sees retired school teacher and widow, Nancy Stokes (Emma Thompson), meet up with male escort, Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack) as she looks for a good time and a connection.

When a film takes place basically all in one room, with two actors who are just allowed to do what they do best, you know you’re in for a good time. The pressure is then firmly on the writing to be engaging enough to keep us hooked, as well as the performers to deliver. A lot of credit has to go to the director, Sophie Hyde, and writer, Katy Brand, for coming up with this concept and executing it so well. It can be very difficult to pace these sort of films, but it’s written in a way that is paced well and lets the actors and the editors very much keep the audience engaged the entire time.

It’s a topic that isn’t typically covered in mainstream media, so to see it do so on the big screen means we have to give both of them a pat on the back, for showing something new as well as the studios that distribute the film.

When you have an actress like Emma Thompson in your film it makes a lot easier. The arc of her character, Nancy, is perfectly captured by Thompson. A role that would’ve been challenging for anyone but especially when it’s seeing something different where she is so vulnerable and doesn’t shy away from showing us we don’t normally see, which must have been a big worry for her going into the project in the beginning and then once again when it came round to shoot those scenes.

I wasn’t aware of Daryl McCormack before this film, but he really does hold his own opposite a big screen legend. His performance is one that will gain him notoriety, and get him more and bigger auditions. There’s some beautiful subtlety at times to his performance, just from a look or a change of emotion which nails his performance. I truly believe this is the start of a good career for McCormack who I can see leading his own TV series or playing a side character in a big franchise within a few years, having already been in Peaky Blinders and The Wheel of Time.

Overall, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a glowing film that covers an area not often covered in Hollywood, which is reason enough to see it. But if you need more, excellent writing and acting performances from the two leads are reasons to give it a go.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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