Luca (2021) – The Movie Reviews

Luca is a new animated work from the Pixar studio backed by Enrico Casarosa for whom this is his debut feature film and distributed by Walt Disney. The author found inspiration in his childhood in Genoa, artists from Pixar stayed in Italy to explore the culture and surroundings, while the beautiful settlement of Vernaca was a direct inspiration for the location in the film. The film premiered at the Genoa Aquarium and arrived on Disney + servers some two weeks ago.

The plot of the film is set in the Italian Riviera in the middle of the last century and follows the Port of Pagura, a sea creature that lives a monotonous, routine life at the bottom of the sea and has an instilled fear of the surface and people. The plot arises when he discovers that he can take human form when he is out of the water. Luka and his new best friend Albert discover the charms of life on the computer and in search of a vespa that will to provide infinite freedom come to the nearby city of Portoros. Their adventure is threatened to be interrupted by their secret, as well as Luka’s parents who went looking for him…

We are used to even the simplest stories in the hands of people from Pixar becoming animated masterpieces and there is nothing controversial about that, but the problem is that many expect each of their films to be a new one. Toy Story ili Up. In the case of this film, he is not trying to be something unforgettable, but wants to deliver a nice story with charming characters who are set among the beauties of Italy and it works perfectly – the film fits into the recognizable formula of this studio that works and therefore does not need to change.

It can be said that the plot of the film deals with it fish out of the water and to possess a lot of comic mistakes or misunderstandings. Luka and Alberto enjoy small, everyday things, hang out, fantasize, come up with a plan to get a vespa, have to avoid water so as not to return to their previous form and are the target of a local villain who doesn’t want them in Portoros. Luke is fascinated by the opportunity to learn what he never knew about life out of the water, while Albert’s stubbornness is a cover for his insecurity and sense of rejection.

The team that worked on this film consists of top artists and animators who know exactly what they are doing and we are left to admire the gorgeous and realistic shots in which the details in textures or lighting are brought to perfection. Everything is presented with a cheerful and cheerful look and tone in which certain more serious situations are resolved very quickly. Luca is a real celebration of friendship and a love letter to all those years in the years when we formed as people. It reminded me of movies like Roman Holiday and Call Me by Your Name, and in some scenes the influence of the Japanese master Miyazaki can be seen.

Although the film provides a lot, it can be said that, objectively speaking, the development of the story and the characters did not use the potential it could, as if the author was dealing more with details than with the complete picture. Because of that, during the viewing, a feeling of nostalgia for a place you have never visited is created, but the final outcome does not have emotional strength, at least not to the expected extent. The story is interesting enough to keep watching and worrying about what’s going to happen, but the absence of events that are outside Pixar’s comfort zone has taken everything in the direction of relative predictability.

Luca is a charming and light story of friendship and identity imbued with the infectious joy, warmth and beauty of Italy – a film that is not as creative or ambitious as Pixar’s best films, but meets its high standards of beautiful animation and enjoyment for the whole family.

my final grade: 8/10

Source: The Filmske Recenzije by

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