So we generally reserve our character studies – like we’ve been doing for the A to Z Challenge – for looking at established characters. However, my original plan for today was to cover Lightning from Lightning Returns – a topic we’ve written about a lot. And I’ve talked a lot about video game characters lately too. So instead I thought I would do a speculative piece about a character – and why I find this character interesting before ever seeing the movie.
That character is Lucy, of the new eponymous film Lucy by Luc Besson. Lucy is going to be played by Scarlett Johansson. So, I am fascinated by this film based on both of these factors. Haven’t heard about Lucy yet? The trailer just came out, so check it out!
Lucy by Luc Besson
So first, Lucy is a Luc Besson film. Luc Besson is known for films like Taken, Leon: The Professional, and La Femme Nikita. Oh, and a little film beloved by geekdom called The Fifth Element.
Meaning that Luc Besson is behind one of my very favorite movies, and seems to be at it again with Lucy. He makes movies about singular badasses (how else can you describe the films I listed above?) and the one who could beat them all was Leeloo from The Fifth Element. Created as the perfect being, able to learn at a remarkable rate, super strong, unstoppable.
And in many ways, here is that character again, in Lucy. I like that it looks like her power will grow throughout the film, as she comes to find she can learn really fast, fight, etc. So while it seems to be a more down-to-Earth film than The Fifth Element, it is still a science fiction tale of a person coming to grips with remarkable power. And it’s Luc Besson, so I think that means it’s going to be handled pretty well.
Lucy is Scarlett Johansson
So, a lot of talk lately has been about Scarlett Johansson, after her appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I have been working on my LitFlix on the movie, and reading a lot of reviews I am seeing out there, and people seem to like her in this even more than in The Avengers. Which in some ways surprises Holly and I, since we feel like Black Widow is the hero in The Avengers – the only one to outsmart Loki, and the one who pulls off getting to the Tesseract and shutting it down. And the interrogation scene at the beginning? Priceless.
So in other words, while I did my B post on Bucky Barnes, I now kind of wish we had been able to do Black Widow instead. So I consider this my chance.
There’s also been a lot of call for a female-lead superhero movie, as this seems very overdue. On the one hand, we have DC, who really should have pulled off a Wonder Woman movie by now. On the other hand, we have Marvel, who seem to be trying to figure out who they should go with for their female lead. After Winter Soldier, the consensus seems to be a resounding BLACK WIDOW.
Which means that Lucy is something of a test of Scarlett Johansson’s ability to be the action-female-lead. I don’t doubt her ability to pull this off in the slightest. But it also means that here we have Lucy pulling this off before Marvel or DC – getting the punch on them, again. Because in many ways, this looks like a superhero movie – super powers, scientific experiment, all that.
I think this is going to be a movie and a character that we’re talking about for years afterwards. I really hope I am right in this, because I am excited, and I am going to be there – even though it’s in the middle of busy LitFlix season for me in August.
What do you think? Excited? Cautious? Let me know in the comments below!