GRAPHIC: A young sea monster ventures to the surface and learns about the beauty of the world, friendship, and how to conquer your fears … and fill your face with pasta.
REVISION: Over the past two decades and change, Pixar has shown with their list of animated movies that they are very good at many things and can maintain consistent quality no matter what they are aiming for. They can surprise everyone by using colorful characters to explore complex emotional narratives (Inside out, up) or they can simply offer high-quality animation and humor for an entertaining and easy adventure (Brave, Monsters University). His last, Luca, falls into the latter category, quite well, in fact, using its richly animated, low-stakes tale to accomplish nothing more than delivering a whimsical and heartfelt moment at the cinema that will make you want to throw yourself on a Vespa and much more. some pasta.
A literal fish out of water story, Luca focuses on the main character (Jacob Tremblay), a young sea monster who spends his days tending his family’s sheep fish farm, and is told by his concerned parents (Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan) to avoid the surface. A nervous and scared little sea creature, he satisfies his curiosity and challenges the human world (turning into a human form once on land) after another sea monster, Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), convinces him that the surface has a lot of stuff. cooler than the ocean. makes – the main one – the glorious Vespa.
For much of the movie’s quick and easy runtime, that’s as deep as Luca gets. Luca and Alberto frolic along the picturesque Italian coastline, trying to make their own Vespa and shoot it down the hill, while Luca hides his antics from his family. The sheer, undemanding nature of the storytelling and the vibrancy of the setting, bathed in a burst of sunshine that would have anyone yearning for a vacation to Italy, it’s hard not to get carried away by the sheer entertainment value of their friendship. Tremblay and Grazer have proven more than capable of tackling humor and mixing it with sympathy and sweetness in past films, with Tremblay giving Luca nervous energy and excitement, while Grazer is excellent at handling Alberto’s charming arrogance.
Even as the story picks up speed by taking the characters to the real human city, which is filled with statues and art dedicated to showcasing their sea monster hunting culture, nothing becomes too complex. The narrative remains simple and certainly predictable, as the couple’s dream of making enough money for a real Vespa is put to the test when a third daughter, Giulia (Emma Berman), allows them to join her marathon team, just to gain more Luca’s attention and make Alberto Feel excluded. A story about friendship and acceptance of the new, even if it may seem scary, you can probably connect the dots about what happens even while you are reading this right now. But that’s okay, because director Enrico Casarosa, writers Jesse Andrews and Mike Jones, and the entire team behind the film seemed perfectly content making this little story as digestible as possible.
That’s mostly humor, with a cast including Rudolph, Gaffigan, Sandy Martin, Marco Barricelli, and Saverio Raimondo enlivening Pixar’s signature wit and physical comedy. Maybe a scene or two can make you laugh like me, like a standout scene of a fast-missing Sacha Baron Cohen like Luca’s uncle, Ugo, or anything involving a certain cat with a mustache, but the movie is still consistently silly. and smart in the future. ways that we can expect from an animation studio that has that flush voice and style.
The same goes for the animation itself, with characters and environments that have no more realism and detail than, say, last year. soul, but they still look great in their own right. The Italian countryside is lush and vibrant, full of green hills that slide into crystal clear waters. An ending takes place in the rain, and the animation team really shows how far the middle has come and how talented they are when both can look so good when the sky is gray, the shadows are dark, and the rain adds dazzling textures. .
To end an unusually short review from me, Luca it is a film immune to any kind of complex analysis. Everything it does, it does well and with the aim of being nothing more than sweet, warm, fun and versatile fun that will not silence the children it is aimed at. But there’s nothing particularly special about him either, other than being so perfectly harmless. This type of story has been made before and the messages are heard over and over again. However, for 90-100 minutes, parents and children will continue to share laughter, “Awws” and “Oh no”, with the former perhaps inspired to see how much it costs to vacation in Italy, before becoming demoralized and putting on the force. mac n cheese instead.