Stroke of Misfortune – Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (DVD Review)

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Over the last seventy years, Stan Lee has introduced to the world some of the greatest super heroes known to man. From the amazing Spiderman to pretty much every member of the Avengers, before gathering the original roster of X-Men together, Lee has spent the greater part of a century crafting a rogues gallery of original and iconic heroes for the world to look up to.

And so, in the legacy of super powered men; Iron Man, Ant Man, Spiderman, Wonder Man; comes Lee’s latest creation, Lucky Man.

When word first came of this new ten part British drama series, there was a certain understandable excitement buzzing around the Twittersphere. After all, we all know just how amazing the Marvel TV shows, such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, have bee to date, so how could a show helmed by Marvel’s grandmaster be anything less? Unfortunately, Lucky Man fails to deliver anything akin to the same kind of punch.

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Lucky Man tells the tale of Harry Clayton (James Nesbitt, basically being James Nesbitt, which is not necessarily a bad thing…), a London cop who, despite being damned good at his job, is cursed with a fruitless gambling addiction which has cost him his wife and daughter. Everything changes for Harry, however, after a night with a mysterious young woman leaves him waking up with a bizarre bracelet stuck around his wrist.

The bracelet, it transpires, is a mystical artifact that brings the bearer immense luck, at the cost of the luck of those around him, and is highly sought after by all manner of nefarious folk. Cue some uncanny murder solving and hilarious near-death scrapes as Clayton desperately attempts to get rid of the bracelet before it does irreparable damage to those around him.

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On paper, Lucky Man is a great idea, and indeed, there is a lot of fun to be had, mostly due to the presence of Mr. Nesbitt, who remains as watchable as ever. Unfortunately, after its opening episode, it doesn’t really seem to go anywhere exciting, merely trundling though the rest of its run before its “yup, there’s a second season on the way” cliffhanger ending. A few years ago, Nesbitt starred in the gritty and hilarious Murphy’s Law, as a very similar character. The show was dark, but at the same time Nesbitt managed to make it light and humourous. Lucky Man is essentially Murphy’s Law without the fun, which is odd considering our creator.

Without Stan Lee’s name attached, I doubt that Lucky Man would have got quite the attention it has. It’s a pleasant enough show, but amidst a time of such high quality television, and an ever-present scramble for ratings, season two is most certainly going to have to try very hard to keep viewers entertained. Sorry Stan, on this one, you kinda lucked out…

2/5

 

Dir: David Caffrey, Andy De Emmony, Jon East, Brian Kelly

Scr: Neil Biswas

Starring: James Nesbitt, Eve Best, Sienna Guillory, Amara Karan, Darren Boyd, Steven Mackintosh

Music: Nick Green

Year: 2016

Country: UK

Number of Episodes: 10

Episode Run time: 60mins

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man is out on DVD and Blu-ray from January 16th.