More so than most films, your enjoyment or otherwise of this will rest upon your tolerance for silliness. Stylistically unique but distractingly quirky, Lucky Luke is undoubtedly its own creature, but that may not be enough to win over audiences. It goes without saying that this is another cynical attempt to cash in on Dujardin’s post-Artist acclaim. Lucky Luke dates back three years and is being rolled out on DVD this summer on what is presumably hoped to be the crest of an Oscar-winning wave.
Dujardin has plenty of charisma and convinces as a cocky, live by his wits cowboy. Most of the film is played very broadly and the cast are all clearly on board with that approach, even if some of the mugging and overacting does begin to grate before too long. Cinematography-wise, there is an abundance of filters, strange angles, surrealist touches and swooping camera moves. If nothing else, it keeps the attention, which proves crucial as the plot begins to run out of steam and the screenplay struggles to come up with enough incident to justify even the modest 100-minute running time.
Neither as shambolic and disappointing as Wild Wild West, nor as witty and enjoyable as Blazing Saddles, Lucky Luke does at least earn marks for creativity and boldness. No-one bothers to explain why the entire population of the Wild West are French and many of the visuals are striking and entertaining. It could be much better (and needed to be in order to attract much of an audience), but it could have been much, much worse. You can get it on DVD now.