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Luca

Published July 3, 2021

Luca

Film info

  • Title Luca
  • Director Enrico Casarosa
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 35m
  • Genres Animation, Fantasy, Comedy, Family
  • Tagline Prepare for an unforgettable trip

Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar's Luca is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares these adventures with his friend, Alberto, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world below the water's surface.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:17 I mean, I can’t prove that they don’t but fish don’t bleat, surely.
8:44 Just a hunch but I think he is contemplating the surface.
11:31 The sun filtering down through the water is always so gorgeous.
13:29 “I don’t know how to not think about something.”
20:28 Silencio Bruno!
26:16 “To stay with my weird see-through uncle.”
28:00 That music just veered into Boundin'.
31:33 I like the chubby little minion to the bad guy.
33:40 “Always be training.”
40:34 The animation of the dad’s woollen top is amazing.
43:58 I feel like the cat should not be taken fishing.
45:18 How are the parents going to find him when they don’t know what he looks like?
54:26 “Giant raging balls of fire.”
55:37 Why is all the written stuff Italian but they’re speaking English?
59:47 Love the effect espresso had on them!
1:05:07 That is some twists and turns!
1:19:18 The under-the-dogs.
1:22:05 How do you write to sea monsters? Dear The Ocean… ?

Thoughts

Ultimately, this movie is okay, but it feels like it dips below the standards we expect of a Pixar movie. It was better than following a walking pair of pants for an hour, and it was better than I thought the trailer made it out to be, but it wasn’t fantastic. It was mostly enjoyable, a good story with a cute coming-of-age friendship situation at its heart, but it also opened up quite a few questions that were not gamechangers but niggly-annoying.

Good but could be better. I do think the wool animation is something else, though.

Rating: 3 / 5

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