The New York Film Critics Spring Series kicked off on Monday, April 3rd with “The Ticket”.
The film stars Dan Stevens who plays James, a man who lost his sight when he was younger. James is married to Sam and has a son named Jonah. James and the lives of his family members completely change when he wakes one day with the ability to see again.
With his sight restored, his life completely transforms from a man being content in his life, relationship, and job to a man who is driven to find a life more fulfilled.
He begins to change his physical appearance from a new hair style, to an interest in exercising, and a new suit to impress at the office. With a new-found confidence he begins to go after what he wants including a promotion at work, a bigger and improved home, and a young beautiful woman in the office despite him being married.
Dan Stevens truly takes on the role of James and shows the impact of a life changing event such as regaining his sight. However, the film proves that sometimes the things we want the most, aren’t always the best for us.
Following the film was a q&a with Alison Bailes and the writer director of the film, Ido Fluk.
When discussing Dan Stevens playing the lead role Ido Fluk said, “He is an incredible actor who can do a variety of roles “
In the film, James regains his sight after a pituitary tumor that has been pressing on his optic nerves shrinks. Ido explained how he worked with an ophthalmologist for the film and this is a real condition that does not happen often.
Throughout the film, there was a common story that James shared about a man wanting to win the lottery but turns out he never bought a ticket. This was a story that Ido’s father told him and he often wondered what it meant.
Ido discussed the connection of the lottery with the film. He explained how many people who win the lottery end up bankrupt or leaving their families. This was common to James who ends up leaving his family for something he thinks is better.
Even though James ends up getting what he wants or thinks he wants it doesn’t go exactly as he hoped. Ido discussed how sometimes the blessings in our life turns into a curse.
Check out “The Ticket“!