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Luca Movie Review: A Remarkably Moving Story

Article by Oliver Nash
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Posted: June 23, 2021  

The Rundown

Luca is a 2021 American animated coming-of-age fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

The film is directed by Enrico Casarosa (in his feature-length directorial debut), written by Jesse Andrews and Mike Jones, produced by Andrea Warren, and starring the voices of Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Saverio Raimondo, Maya Rudolph, Marco Barricelli, Jim Gaffigan, Peter Sohn, Lorenzo Crisci, Marina Massironi, and Sandy Martin.

Set on the Italian Riviera between the 1950s and 1960s, the film centers on Luca Paguro, a sea monster boy with the ability to assume human form while on land, who explores the town of Portorosso with his new best friend Alberto Scorfano, experiencing a life-changing summer.

The Review

Luca is an effortlessly good movie. It serves just the right amount of tickles and sobs, making it light and fun to sit through an hour and 41-minutes.

Although it is a kids’ movie, the script includes some intricate puns and jokes that might go over their heads. Not that they will mind it, as long as the colorful and whimsical animated world and characters of the film keeps them entertained.

The Hits

The film has a deep sense of emotional appeal.

It is culturally enriching. You will learn a thing or two about the Italian culture, and their love for pesto!

Director Casarosa’s exemplary visual storytelling.

The Misses

The history behind the big divide between humans and “sea monsters” remains a big mystery in this film.

Alberto’s character development felt incomplete from the word go.

OMG Moment

The shape shifting reveal.

Be sure to watch it by getting your tickets from KenyaBuzz.

Movie Courtesy of Westgate Cinema

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