Review: Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Nancy (Emma Thompson) is a 55 year old widow who's never had an orgasm, or any sexual adventure at all, really. She hires a sex worker, Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack) to fulfill those fantasies.
I was surprised to learn this wasn't adapted from a play, because it feels like it could be one. It's shot mostly in one location with just the two principal actors. A film like this lives and dies with its leads' chemistry and thankfully Thompson and McCormack have plenty.
Nancy cannot relax in a situation where she's not in complete control. Leo is very accommodating and insistent that he's not being taken advantage of. One of Nancy's biggest hurdles is sex work in general. She stereotypes Leo at first, assuming he's from a broken home, even though he's a very well put together young man. They have a discussion about sex work being legal and regulated to be safer which I thought was a nice touch.
While the film is only 90 minutes or so, it can drag at parts. Partly due to anticipation, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I had read some more negative reviews of this before watching so I had set my expectations low and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this.
So is this for you? If you're a fan of Emma Thompson, this is a must see for you. Daryl McCormack is someone I'm definitely going to have my eye on from here on out.