Luck on AppleTV+ needed some luck of its own to become watchable. Sadly, even with all its cuteness, the movie just ends up being bland.
Animated movies are hard. That’s why only a few studios get some movies right. Pixar included. However, Luck ends up somewhere between the lovechild of Monsters Inc (2001) and Inside Out (2015) only without the required emotional crescendo. It’s just one toned.
It’s not all bad. The first feature from Skydance Animation whisks us to a wonderful world of magical creatures, but it doesn’t know what to do once it gets there. And that’s where I have concerns. The movie had so much potential for world building and spin-offs you could make three franchises out of it. But it’s obvious that director Peggy Holmes and writer Kiel Murray didn’t know how to handle it.
The enchanting story is bogged down by too many seemingly random shenanigans that become more of a distraction instead of fueling the protagonist’s story forward. The movie has an endearing quality, but it could’ve been so much better overall. While it is in no way a disaster, the movie has nearly no truly notable elements either. The performances are strong, but their characters feel forgettable and the story they are stuck in is completely dull.
Should you watch it?
It has a good heart, though, and means well, so it’s hard to want to rip it a new one. The movie is inoffensive enough as an animated babysitter, but there are far more original and entertaining options for its target audience.