GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE
Starring: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack
Director: Sophie Hyde
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande has everything going for it and it delivers on every level. It is an intimate character piece that focuses solely on its two leads, yet it never feels lacking. Some may find the film too dialogue heavy, but I loved it. Not enough films are done this way. It’s a uniquely bold film with the sole intent of challenging taboos and de-stigmatizing sexuality. It’s one of the better films I’ve seen this year despite its simplicity.
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande doesn’t really stand out on a technical level, though truthfully, that’s likely more due to it being a Covid-conscious production than anything else. What it does do is illuminate those unfamiliar with the realities of sex work to some of its more positive benefits rather than focusing solely on its dangers. The thoroughly nuanced conversations between co-stars Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack make up nearly the entire runtime, and the two have a palpable bond from the moment they meet. Luckily, that bond is enough to see the film through to the finish line.