Luca Movie Review: While it doesn’t address the recurrent issue for actual parents that disciplined kids usually have an adventure, director Enrico Casarosa’s animation fairytale “Luca” (Disney+) is a charming tale with an Italian flare.
It’s too difficult for toddlers, who may also be scared, but it’s genuinely delightful food for everyone else.
The idea of the film is fanciful, as the eponymous protagonist is a young sea monster (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) that lives in the seas off the coastline of Liguria. A kind fish pastor, Luca’s mild personality, like that of everyone around him, belies the menacing reputation humans have given them.
Although shy, Luca is curious, but with the help of Alberto (voice of Jack Dylan Grazer), a more adventurous and accomplished peers he encounters by chance, he discovers the startling revelation that he and his new buddy are both changed into adolescent males while on dry ground (something of which Alberto is already aware). Luca was curious to expand the new area that has been opened up to him.
When Luca’s overly protective mother, Daniela (voice of Maya Rudolph), and well-meaning but preoccupied father, Lorenzo (voice of Jim Gaffigan), discover his hidden activities, they immediately send him to live with their deep sea-dwelling Uncle Ugo (voice of Sacha Baron Cohen). As a result, Luca and Alberto make space for that and head to the adjacent town of Portorosso.
They befriend Giulia (voice of Emma Berman), a purely human teenage woman, and appreciate her fisherman father, Massimo’s generosity (voice of Marco Barricelli). Giulia does have a lengthy feud with the local bully, pompous Ercole (voice of Saverio Raimondo), who have regularly beaten her at Portorosso’s annual triathlon.
Luca and Alberto decide to attend the race as her teammates, partially for Giulia’s delight and partially to gain sufficient prize capital to purchase the Vespa they all want. However, their plot may well be hindered since Daniela and Lorenzo, having assumed human physical figure, are now on the hunt for their child.
Touches of levity – the triathlon consists of bicycling, swimming, and eating ramen noodles — as well as continuously attractive characters and gorgeous scenery combined to elevate this Disney film to the highest level. The conflicts that emerge among the primary trio are managed skillfully, with Alberto promising Luca the possibility of a carefree, Tom Sawyer-Huck Finn existence. At the same time, studious Giulia had him wanting to go to college.
The nearest equivalent to the type of scatological content that so frequently appears in kids shows is a brief sequence in which Alberto picks his nose. Just a few nonverbal gestures of contempt illustrate the Italians penchant for physically communicating sentiments. However, they are much more raucous than nasty.
In the middle of a funny scenario, a youngster makes the sign of the cross in what those who are on the watch for offensive components would deem a silly manner. Portorosso’s priest (Jonathan Nichols) is presented as a neighbourhood staple – a kind if unremarkable, presence amongst his followers.
“Luca,” which is colourful and appealing, is a high-quality product suitable for people of all ages.
People are in danger in the movie, and there are a few unpleasant comments. A-I – general sponsorship — is the Catholic News Service classification. Motion Picture Association of America has rated it PG-13, with parental supervision advised. Some content may be inappropriate for youngsters.