Luca

Well. I’ve ignored this blog far too long!

But I feel like it’s very difficult to blog about life when I probably shouldn’t be talking about work stuff on a public platform, and I just haven’t been in the mood to write reviews. I suppose it’s a question of why maintain this blog at all still? For myself? If it’s just for me then I don’t need to make it public and I can just turn all the posts private. If it’s for others… Well, who reads this blog now? Haha

On to Luca!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Summary from Wikipedia: Set on the Italian Riviera, the film centers on Luca Paguro, a young sea monster boy with the ability to assume human form while on land, who explores the town of Portorosso with his new best friend, Alberto Scorfano, experiencing a life-changing summer adventure.

The Good

  • The look of the movie. It’s a very visually charming movie. Bright summery colours and softly rounded designs infuse a great deal of warmth into every scene and it’s lovely to look at.
  • The easygoing tone and story. It’s a relaxing movie. Nothing too grim or depressing, very much a straightforward coming-of-age and friendship story.
  • The 1950s/60s feel to it is very appealing to me. Some of the older Italian pop songs inserted into it were fun, and more so because I have a preference for the pop music of that era. The main soundtrack itself (music by Dan Romer) was not bad either.
  • Luca’s weird uncle from “the Deep” was hilarious in his one scene.
  • The technique displayed is amazing as always. Pixar doesn’t fail to deliver in technical execution, even when the story might be weaker (e.g. The Good Dinosaur). Animation, textures, lighting, etc. All fantastic.

The Not-quite-as-good

  • The resolution with regards to Luca’s parents coming to lose their fear of the land was a little rushed. However, if they had spent more time on this, it would have distracted from the main story so I can understand why his parents weren’t given a more fleshed-out storyline.
  • The fantasy/dream sequences were a little too long for my liking. Fun to watch in the moment, but slightly draggy.

There is nothing terrible about this movie, although I wouldn’t put it at the top of Pixar’s filmography. I think it sits somewhere in the middle, in the upper half of Pixar films. A simple, pleasant movie that’s easy to watch and leaves you with warm feelings, though it’s not extremely memorable.

(Wow, this turned out shorter than I thought it would.)