Mila Kunis creates a mysterious and darkly sarcastic character in the new Netflix dramatic thriller Luckiest Girl Alive, so it should be on your watch list Ani Finelli is a sharp-tongued New Yorker who seems to have it all: a sought-after job at a glossy magazine, a killer wardrobe, and a dream wedding in Nantucket on the horizon.
But when the director of a crime documentary asks her to tell her side of a shocking event that happened when she was a teenager, she is forced to face a dark truth that threatens to tear her carefully put-together life apart.
This is based on Kunis’s Ani, who comes across at times as very temperamental and even sometimes privileged and spoiled, which is then fed into by her surroundings, and because of this, at times it’s hard to sympathise with her, to connect with her, or even to feel any compassion towards the character who appears to be lashing out when something tweaks her, but as the story unfolds, it’s very understandable why she reacts and protects herself the way that she does.
Even before we learn all of the terrible details of her past, there are building moments that soften Ani and show her to be someone who’s tried to move on but is still haunted by her past, and I think we see a big change in the character, who started out a little self-assured but still trying to figure out her life and fit in with her peers. Then we see a terrible series of events that nearly completely destroy Ani, as well as the devastation that ensues.
Then, we see a woman who is still trying to fit in and figure out her life but has reached the point where she can no longer cower or put up with other people’s crap. Mila Kunis gives a very raw performance, especially because we can feel her emotions so strongly. But I also want to call attention to Kiara Aurelia.
She is the one who acts and reacts through several horrifying scenes, but what comes after is what really stands out to me. She makes me feel many different emotions at once, like fear, shame, devastation, anger, rage, and humiliation, and she cycles through them in her eyes and face, despite her wrinkly skin.
Ani is working at a magazine covering topics that she doesn’t want to cover in the hopes that this will be a stepping stone to get her to where she really wants to be, allowing her to show herself and those in her past that she succeeded despite the major traumas that she had experienced. We also see how hard it is for Ani and her mom to get along.
This has been going on the whole time. Ani wants to be accepted by her mom for who she is, but she also doesn’t want to be who she is. She wants to be more, so there’s a level of resentment that comes into their relationship, and because of their financial status, Ani’s mom puts on air so that she can feel accepted by her future in-laws, which then creates some cringy and uncomfortable dialogue, and then finally we see the struggle that Ani goes through to accept herself and move away from her past.
This is the most powerful arc in the movie. I think the story’s trajectory is predictable, but it’s what I wanted to happen, so the predictability was more of a relief than a flaw. The movie is just under two hours long, and while some parts can feel a little slow as information is dribbled out, there’s a driving intensity to a lot of it just because of the intrigue in the story as the film draws us towards Ani’s actions.
Just Energy now I found myself increasingly drawn into the drama and the story, and when everything comes to a head, I think it’s an ending that we can all root for, because it’s earned, and the resolution feels good and complete, and it’s something that doesn’t leave me wanting, so overall, The Luckiest Girl Alive is traumatic, frustrating, mysterious, and harrowing with superb acting from bSome of the things that happen are hard to watch, but the theme of acceptance that runs through the story makes it interesting to read.
There are many scenes that are extremely difficult to watch and may even come across as exploitative, but they’re also necessary to highlight injustice and inequity within the character dynamics: no nudity, a lot of profanity and then a tonne of terrible violence including multiple scenes of sexual assault. I give the most fortunate girl alive 4 out of 5 couches So are there any dramas that you’ve seen recently that were surprisingly good? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.