The year is now 2021, and the world is a much different place. Humanity has finally reached the stars, and since most of the inhabitable planets are already inhabited, the next logical step is to colonize. So, scientists begin building and terraforming new worlds. But, as with all things, this has also been done in the past—and in an attempt to ensure that their new planets would be habitable, scientists of the future have built a program to explore the galaxy.
Luca is an Italian drama about a 12-year-old boy named Luca, played by Alessio Boni. Luca is affected by his mother’s cancer, and he’s terrified that he’ll also one day be diagnosed with it. He’s mostly troubled by it, and his father is also struggling to deal with the situation. However, Luca’s school teacher, Ms. Giordano, is also struggling. She’s facing a battle with cancer, and the film tries to examine the situation.
Luca is a teen from Italy. He’s a geek. He loves to play video games. He’s also a wiz at making music. And, he has a crush on his best friend’s cousin, Laura. Things get complicated when he meets Laura’s best friend, Anna.. Read more about geeks and gamers exposed and let us know what you think.
CHECK : Luka (2021)
I’ve been a fan of Pixar my whole life. Growing up, I was convinced I would work there someday, and I always went to see the new Pixar movie on my birthday. Even though it’s a new Pixar movie, Luca didn’t really blow me away. Films like Coco and Soul proved that the studio is still capable of great things, but Luca’s marketing and premise didn’t captivate me as much as many of their films did. Still, the fact that Luke is available for free on Disney+ (instead of the usual $29.99 for new movies) at least makes it convenient and affordable to watch. Something else that piqued my interest was the casting. Jacob Tremblay is great in every movie I’ve seen him in, and my husband introduced me to Jim Gaffigan’s stand-up. I also liked him in the movie Chappaquiddick. Is Luca another fantastic outing for Pixar, or should that fish have stayed in the water? Let’s see.
Luca (Tremblay) is a sea monster living under Italy with his mother (Maya Rudolph), father (Jim Gaffigan) and grandmother (Sandy Martin). Unsatisfied with his life as a fish farmer, Luke becomes curious about the surface world when he begins to find human artifacts on the ocean floor. Luke soon meets another sea monster named Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) who lives on the surface and dreams of owning a Vespa car. He visits Alberto every day, helps him build a homemade Vespa and fantasizes about the nearby village of Portorosso. When Luca’s mother catches him sneaking off to the surface world, she tells him to stay with his uncle Ugo (Sacha Baron Cohen) in the depths. Luca runs away, joins Alberto and hides in Portorosso. They meet a young girl, Giulia (Emma Berman) and her father, Massimo, a fisherman (Marco Barricelli), who give them a home. The boys and Julia compete as a team in the Portorosso Cup, hoping to earn enough money to buy a Vespa. Luca must deal with Ercole (Saverio Raimondo), a bully and a regular at the races, while escaping his parents who are looking for him.
The first thing I noticed about Luke was his resemblance to the Little Mermaid. The images are clearly different, and as the story progresses, they become clearer. But Luke’s initial motivation – to sneak to the surface and find human artifacts – makes the plot too similar from the start. Luca also reminded me of Ponyo, another loose adaptation of The Little Mermaid. This may seem like a minor point, but I think they could have done more to make Luke unique in this regard, both as a character and in the film. We don’t find out much about Luke’s normal life underwater before he leaves. We see him collecting fish, but what’s the point? Do they eat them? Luca’s family is a farmer? Do they have neighbors? Are they loved/accepted by the other sea monsters? I think by showing us a boring day in Luke’s life, the filmmakers wanted to imply that every day is boring and monotonous for him. But I don’t think a short scene at the beginning of a 100 minute movie is really appropriate. It is difficult to understand Luke’s relationships with his human friends and his experiences on Earth when we know so little about his daily life. The Little Mermaid is shorter than this movie, and Ponyo is about the same length. Both films gave me a better understanding of why the mermaids were so desperate for a life beyond the sea. I also wish I had more details about the dynamics within Luke’s family. His mother seems well-meaning but bossy, his father is stupid and lazy, and his grandmother is a prankster. Everything feels very stereotypical, and the adult characters are not explored or developed more than they could be. Pixar usually excels at developing not only the main characters, but also the families and the relationships between them, so this aspect of Luke disappointed me. King Triton is more complete and interesting than any of Luke’s characters, including the titular protagonist.
As for Alberto and Julia, they’re fine. I liked the little we got to see of Julia and her father, which I thought was Gaffigan’s character. He is a scary and intimidating character who turns out to be kind and generous. When the boys inevitably turn out to be sea monsters, Massimo is the first to accept them, even if he is initially haunted and frightened by them. Alberto is a bit selfish and distant at times, but it happens for all the reasons you’d expect from a movie like this, and by the end, everyone makes peace. One of the characters I really hated was Ercole, the antagonist of the film who always wins the race. And I don’t mean that I enjoyed hating this character or that he was well written as an antagonist. Ercole is the most typical Bully character you’ve seen in millions of movies and TV shows. He cheats at the races, pressures his friends to do anything for him, treats Julia and the boys like dirt, and makes the kids in town afraid of him. I don’t think Ercole does well as a villain because the stakes are incredibly low in this film. Also, the things he says and does to the kids are so stereotypical and trite that they don’t have much impact. I don’t understand why people still use the school bully from the 80s movies and don’t add anything to mix it up. Ercole irritated me, but not for the reasons or in the way the filmmakers intended. I don’t really understand the internal logic of this movie either. When sea monsters leave the ocean, they become human, and there is no explanation for that. It’s not a conscious decision; if they get wet again, even if just a little, they get dandruff and tails.
Of course, Luke’s animation is wonderful. I especially love the character design, and the water effects in this movie are fantastic. This film really reminds me of Studio Ghibli in the way it creates atmosphere; the sets and use of music are outstanding. I don’t think it’s a coincidence either; Portorosso is a reference to Porco Rosso. I think some of the similarities to Ponyo could also be intentional imitations. Luke’s musical score, written by Dan Romer, is simply delightful. It’s light, but full of emotion and fits very well with the adventurous atmosphere of the film. I can’t help but feel that the actors, animation and music in this film are wasted on a simple plot.
Luca is amazing in his technical aspects, but I can’t help but be disappointed. Unlike Soul, whose subject matter was surprisingly adult, Luca is a film that I can only imagine was made for young children. It might have been a good idea to release this movie on streaming, because I don’t really see it becoming a big hit.
Location – 4
Actor – 10
Control/Assembly – 6
Music/Sound – 10
Animation and character development – 5
Luca is amazing in his technical aspects, but I can’t help but be disappointed. Unlike Soul, whose subject matter was surprisingly adult, Luca is a film that I can only imagine was made for young children.Luca is the first installment of a trilogy that is based on the true story of the Italian boy Luca (played by Alessandro Borghi), from his birth to his early childhood, his passion for gaming, and his journey to become a professional gamer. The film will follow his life from the perspective of his mother, Maria (played by Veronica Luti) and his father, Giovanni (played by Flavio Buccirosso) and how they deal with his passion for gaming, as well as his desire to become a professional gamer. As the film progresses, we’ll get to see Luca grow up and become a professional gamer, as he pursues his dream.. Read more about geeks and gamers premium and let us know what you think.
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