Review – Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

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lucky-number-slevin-54664bbd56ca7Welcome to Assassin Week: Day 3. Today, we’re reviewing a movie I’ve never seen before, but have heard about, Lucky Number Slevin. It popped up when I was researching movies to watch this week, and I’m glad it did because this is a unique and smart film all around. What is it about? Let’s get into that.

A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city’s most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him. – IMDb

You can’t really discuss this film at length without spoiling something, which automatically makes the film interesting, if not really good. Here are my first impressions: There is constantly fast witty banter throughout the film that might remind you of Gilmore Girls, but this isn’t random. This all has a purpose, it’s always going somewhere, which makes the pace of Lucky Number Slevin one of its most important and unique attributes. I just love the dialogue in this movie, but to be honest, that’s not all I love.

There’s a lot going on in this movie when you break it down. It was paying attention to everything that matters, even when you might think otherwise, making this a pretty brilliant movie in general. So, let’s get going and break down Lucky Number Slevin and talk about the good, the bad, and everything in-between. Let’s interpret the stars.

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PEOPLE SCORE – 10/10
Acting – 2|Characters – 2|Casting – 2|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 2

First up, as always, is the people category, which received perfect marks. The acting is pretty great, considering just how many characters are actually in the film because they all do a great job. Would I consider the film memorable for its characters? Yeah, I think the characters are a big part of why this film turned out so well, which in part, is due to the cast, which all fit their roles so incredibly well. Everyone had a specific role to play that added to the importance of the film direction, and yeah, everyone had some really fantastic chemistry with one another.

WRITING SCORE – 10/10
Dialogue – 2|Balance – 2|Story – 2|Originality – 2|Interesting – 2

Next up, we have the writing category, which also got a perfect score. As I said earlier, a big part of the film is the quick-witted banter between absolutely everyone – which was as unique as it was interesting. It’s definitely one of the most memorable aspects of the film, so I definitely give that full points. The balance of the film can be seen as convoluted for sure, and the only way to save it from ultimately being too convoluted is by explaining everything at some point, and they do that in a brilliant way that brings it all together, so balance also gets full points. As for the story, well, a case of mistaken identity is always interesting, but the bizarre twist of events of being the most unlucky person in the world, being mistaken for a loser that owes crime bosses over a hundred thousand dollars and being ordered to kill someone? Again, it’s bizarre enough to be incredibly interesting and ultimately original.

BTS SCORE – 9/10
Visuals – 2|Directing – 2|Editing – 2|Advertisment – 2|Music – 1

Behind-the-scenes was the first category not to get full points. Why? Well, mostly because the music choices didn’t wow me. I feel like if they were given enough focus, they could have gotten a perfect score here, too, but music isn’t a huge focus. The visuals are great from the first shot of the film. That bright white airport with the vibrant blue chairs? Beautiful, and it only gets better from that point forward. The directing was also actually pretty great, especially when you have to tell a story like this. The editing should get just as much praise because they have to realistically weave that story together without making it completely fall apart at the seams. As far as advertisement goes, it is as-advertised, so I have no qualms there. So even though this didn’t get perfect marks, it may as well have.

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 10/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2

We’re back to perfect scores with the narrative arc category. The introduction is really, ultimately when Bruce Willis says it’s the inciting incident, oddly enough. So, introducing characters, that sort of thing. The inciting incident is really when Slevin gets taken to The Boss (Morgan Freeman), which sets things into motion. The obstacles come down to balancing out what to do with the Boss and the Rabi while blossoming a romance with his neighbor. The climax is absolutely brilliant, I won’t go into details there. The falling action is a prime example of how they should be – an actual calming down period that turns into a new norm.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 8/10
Rewatchability – 2|Fun – 2|Sucks you in – 2|Impulse/Buy – 1|Impulse/Talk – 1

How entertaining was it? I would say pretty darn. It’s definitely a very rewatchable film that’s a heck of a lot of fun to watch and has absolutely no problem sucking you in throughout the movie. That being said, I wouldn’t mind owning it or discussing it with other people, but I’m not going out of my way to buy it or find people to talk about it, either. Take that as you will, but I say it’s definitely a very entertaining film.

TOTAL SPECIAL – 50/50
Assassin Week – 10|Mystery – 10|Thriller – 10|Bruce Willis – 10|Halfway Decent – 10

Now, we are on to the specialty questions that I wrote before seeing the film. First and foremost, being a part of Assassin Week, how did it do? Very well. This isn’t only a clear film about assassins, but I am now convinced that it is one of the best. It is listed under mystery and thriller, so how are those genres? When it comes to the mystery, I have to give it full points. Even though it doesn’t try to be a mystery, you still feel really confused throughout the film, sensing there is something going on, which makes for a fantastic mystery. Same goes for a thriller. It’s an unconventional thriller, but it is definitely thrilling to watch. I’ve seen a ton of Bruce Willis films, so where do I think this belongs? Hard to say, but I really liked his role in this movie – so I have to give it full points. Finally, is it halfway decent? Please. Don’t insult me, of course, it is.

TOTAL – 97/100

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