Movie Review – ‘Luca’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Last Friday, my parents and I saw the new Disney/Pixar film on Disney+ called ‘Luca’! I must say, I found this is a better Disney/Pixar movie experience compared to ‘Soul’ last Christmas. The story was easier to follow and felt more enjoyable compared to how I saw ‘Soul’ on Disney+ back in 2020.

The film takes place on the Italian Riviera in 1963. It focuses on Luca Paguro, a young sea monster boy who has the ability to assume human form when on land. Goodness, I wonder if people living close to the sea shores are sea monsters in disguise. I hope they are friendly once you meet them. 😀

Luca explores the town of Portorosso with his new best friend Alberto Scorfano. They both experience a life-changing summer where they take part in a race. But how long can they keep up their human disguises whilst being sea monsters. Will people accept them once the truth’s unveiled?

I’m glad I didn’t have to gain premier access for ‘Luca’ like I had with ‘Cruella’. I suppose because ‘Luca’ wouldn’t be as big in terms of box office successes like ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding Nemo’, it’d make sense to release this film only on Disney+ than have it be released on Disney+ and at cinemas.

I like the sunny atmosphere of this film, especially since the film’s director Enrico Casarosa was inspired by his childhood in Genoa. There’s clearly a lot of Italian culture and environment featured in this film and I like how Pixar do their world-building in their films, both on land and under the sea.

I also like the sea monsters aspect of this film in that when the characters from underwater go on land, they take on human form. I’m not sure if that’s based on many myths featuring sea monsters, but it’s quite a clever concept and I did enjoy how it got utilised when watching the film on Disney+.

The humour of this film is good. I did find myself laughing at certain comedic moments in the film. The humour in the Disney/Pixar films is more enjoyable and truer to life compared to the zanier aspects that are featured in animation films produced by DreamWorks and Illumination Animation. 🙂

The character development is also good in the film. I like how the friendship between Luca and Alberto is featured in the film, especially when they’re discovering the town of Portorosso. They also have different viewpoints in life. Luca is more cautious and moral whereas Alberto could be reckless.

There is a suggestion of a homosexual context between Luca and Alberto as characters when some people view the film, but the director Enrico Casarosa has denied this, saying that Luca and Alberto are just friends. This I’m on board with, but it’s interesting how other people view Luca and Alberto.

Other characters featured in the film include Giulia Marcovaldo, an Italian girl who befriends Luca and Alberto when they’re in Portorosso. She has a love of books and learning. There’s Ercole Visconti, the local bully of Portorosso, who’s rather one-dimensional when he’s bullying our heroes.

Underwater, there are also Luca’s parents, Daniela and Lorenzo Paguro. Daniela is more over-protective of her son Luca than Lorenzo as she doesn’t want him to go up onto the surface. It was amusing when the two go up to the surface in human form and they try to locate where their son is.

There’s Massimo Marcovaldo, Giulia’s father, who’s rather imposing when Luca and Alberto meet him. He does have a soft heart though and happens to be a cook and a fisherman. 😀 There’s also the pet cat Machiavelli. He likes to lash out at Luca upon discovering he and Alberto are sea monsters. 😀

There are Ercole Visconti’s two friends/henchmen Ciccio and Guido; Mrs. Marsigliese who runs the Portorosso Cup race in the film; and there’s Grandma Paguro who’s more encouraging for Luca to go up to the surface than his parents are. The majority of characters featured in the film are enjoyable.

‘Luca’ as a film is a delight to watch on Disney+. It’s certainly good to watch during sunny weather. 😀 I don’t know what this means for the future of Disney/Pixar films and whether they’ll be released only on Disney+ instead of Disney+ and cinemas, but I’m glad my parents and I were able to see this.

I’m currently interested in the upcoming ‘Monsters at Work’ series about to be shown on Disney+ soon. 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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