Sadly, we aren’t all blessed with the gift of good luck. For some of us, everything just seems to fall into place. For others, life just feels like one big stumbling block after another, and it isn’t any different in the fictional world of film.
For as long as we can remember there have been film characters who, with help from sheer dumb luck, have managed to avoid life threatening situations or turn bad situations to their advantage. But who are the luckiest?
Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones)
Indiana Jones might be an action-adventurer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of ancient civilisations, but that doesn’t stop him from getting into all manner of scrapes! Thankfully, Indy always has luck on his side and has managed to escape everything from a pit of snakes, to booby-traps, to a collapsing temple.
Inspector Jacques Clousea (The Pink Panther)
The words incompetent, inept and accident-prone are synonymous with Inspector Jacques Clousea. Egocentric and arrogant, Clousea bumbles from one disaster to another, somehow managing to solve all of his cases despite falling down stairs, destroying a priceless piano and accidentally shooting another police officer (among other things).
Charlie Bucket (Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory)
Charlie Bucket’s discovery of his golden ticket is one of the luckiest things to happen in cinema. Believing that the last ticket has already been found, it isn’t until Charlie has spontaneously bought a Wonka bar (with money he found in the street, no less!) and begins to remove the wrapping that he discovers that, not only was the supposed final ticket a fake, but he holds the real one in his hands.
What could be better than gleefully playing ‘Heart and Soul’ and ‘Chopsticks’ on a foot piano, to a crowd of people in a humungous toy store? Why, discovering that the person playing with you is, in fact, the owner of the shop! This chance encounter earned Tom Hanks’s endearing character his dream job.
David Dunn (Unbreakable)
As the sole survivor of a train crash that killed 131 passengers, Bruce Willis’s character in Unbreakable definitely deserves a space in our lucky seven. We guess it helps that he turns out to be a kind of unbreakable superhero!
John Matrix (Commando)
While nothing stands out as being particularly lucky in the film Commando, John Matrix becomes a very lucky character indeed when you consider this piece of trivia – he kills eighty one people in the film, yet is never once seriously injured himself!
Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)
Our lucky seven wouldn’t be complete without Forrest Gump. He lives a charmed life where everything just seems to fall into place, with chance events and encounters affording some once in a lifetime experiences. Inadvertently he wins a university scholarship, helps to expose the Watergate Scandal and opens a shrimp company, which becomes hugely successful after Hurricane Carmen destroys every other shrimping boat in the region.
So there you have it – films are full of lucky breaks. However, they are also full of just as many unlucky breaks, with many characters experiencing some very unfortunate events indeed. But that’s a post for another day, so keep your eyes on the tombola blog to see our ‘Unlucky Seven’.