Today we’re talking about the 2021 film Luca
An interesting mix of coming of age and fish out of water (pun intended) stories. It had me wondering how they were going to resolve the plot with a happy ending. They managed a satisfying ending and I’m impressed with how heart warming it is.
The characters acted and reacted like they were in a stereotypical kids story. The parents didn’t listen, the kids didn’t know what they were doing, the stakes felt high, but in a well obviously nothing’s going to happen, kinda way.
There wasn’t one character I didn’t get annoyed with at some point for doing the most dramatic thing possible.
Although I felt for the trio, I didn’t really like them or feel they were in any kind of trouble.
Although played out both in fiction and in reality, the boisterous exaggerator who is covering for trauma, is still relevant and we all knew a kid like that when we were young. It’s done in such a believable way with the dialogue that it shows the writers have dealt with kids.
The rest of the dialogue ranges from silly to hilarious and I was quite impressed.
Visuals and Music
This movie was typical Pixar beauty. The backgrounds, textures, and world were absolutely gorgeous.
The music was good accentuating and enhancing the story and made the kids want to dance.
I was also ridiculously impressed with the voices underwater being a little muffled. That was a nice touch.
The movie had some awkward angst that I found forced and made me lose interest, the relationship with the parents was uncomfortable to watch, and the entire thing with the uncle felt like a gross out joke gone to far.
That being said the kids were riveted, as were the other adults. It was exciting, cute, funny, and satisfying.
Pixar creates another wonderful story filled with beautiful animation. Despite a few forced moments and some awkward jokes it’s a fun movie with something for everyone. Warning, you might want a Vespa afterwards.
Final Score: 4 stars out of 5