‘Luca’ Movie Review

Luca is the story of a young sea monster named Luca (Jacob Tremblay) who is fascinated by the artifacts that fall into the sea from a town on the Italian Riviera above him.

Luca meets another young sea monster named Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) who shows him he can transform into a human child while on dry land. As the pair become close friends, they set a goal of winning a yearly race to earn them enough money to buy a Vespa scooter and travel the world, a task that results in an unlikely alliance with a local human girl named Giulia (Emma Berman).

Directed by first-time feature director Enrico Casarosa, Disney & Pixar’s “Luca” is a visually stunning movie about the power of friendship that, despite the simple story-line where the only threat to the lead characters is getting wet, manages to charm audiences of all-ages. This is especially thanks to the innocence of Luca and how brilliantly Jacob Tremblay’s voice brings the character to life. You won’t be able to stop repeating the expression “Silencio Bruno!” in your mind.

While some viewers might feel disappointed with the lack of any development of the story-line about the sea-monster people and their origins, others will find simple joy in the adventures of first-time friends Luca and Alberto, and the ups and downs of their relationship.

The art direction is stunning, with colourful scenes and a character design similar to Casarosa’s short film “La Luna” (also available to stream on Disney +). The soundtrack by Dan Romer, who had to take over a job originally given to late Italian maestro Ennio Morriconne, did not disappoint and set the mood perfectly through all ninety minutes of the movie.

Despite being far from Pixar’s best work, “Luca” is something special. It takes viewers to a simple world, where mobile phones and technology have not yet impacted daily life and kids still play outside with their friends. The childlike yet hilarious comedy and overall adorable feel of the film make it perfect for a fun afternoon with the family in front of the TV.

Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” debuts exclusively on Disney+ on June 18, 2021.