Luca is a perfect summer movie from Disney and Pixar. It’s what Pixar (and Disney) do best: a coming-of-age story mixed with some fairytales with a hidden “you fit” message.
Luca follows Pixar’s lucrative formula: Lots of plots and twists, lots of story, and a good animation. In fact, it’s this exact formula that makes Pixar’s movies (and series) addictive. It’s also what’s helping their execs count their billions.
The movie keeps it safe. Once you watch a Pixar movie, you’ve seen them all. The only difference here is that the events happy in the Italian Riviera. That’s it.
Don’t get me wrong, sea monsters in 1950s Italy were great to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The movie is another high concept with aspirational themes. Invitingly colorful and sunny, but still slight, albeit likable, hangout movie for kids, and adults who are still kids at heart.
However, if you’re looking for a Pixar movie to scar you emotionally, you’ll have to look elsewhere. And Disney knows that sort of thing doesn’t matter to kids. Which also makes parents incredibly happy. Sadly, outside of some small peaks, the movie simply didn’t hit me emotionally as it ought to.
Should you watch it?
Luca is what Disney does best. An enjoyable story, hidden message, and great animation. As an extra, everyone needs to dream of being in Italy’s riviera, enjoying some fresh pasta.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Luca exclusively on Disney Plus.