Movie Review: Luca Disney
Parents need to know that Luca is Pixar’s film about two sea creatures who leave their watery homes to discover the wonders of the surface in a small village on the Italian Riviera. It’s a sweet coming-of-age story about courage, curiosity, and friendship – specifically, that of Luca (voiced by Wonder’s Jacob Tremblay) and Alberto (It’s Jack Dylan Grazer). There’s a bit of silly body humor (nose- and ear-picking) as well as occasional insults in both English and easily understandable Italian, like “trash,” “stupido,” “idioti,” and “jerk.” Physical comedy includes injuries from stunts like jumping off of cliffs and trees, riding a bike, and even getting in a tussle with another teen. Scared villagers wield spears and harpoons, and one even throws his at the main characters. Another character likes to use his big knife to chop up fish, much to Luca and Alberto’s dismay. Parents and kids who watch together will be able to discuss the movie’s appealing setting and its themes, particularly the importance of evaluating others for who they are, not because of their background or heritage.
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This heartfelt, gorgeously animated adventure is a short and sweet reminder of sun-filled summer days with new friends. The setting is so vivid that audiences will want to book a flight to the Italian Rivera for some amazing pasta, clear seas, and the charm of winding cobblestone streets, marble fountains, and quirky townsfolk.The supporting Italian cast is strong, as are Rudolph and Gaffigan, who at this point are almost default choices as funny parents.
This isn’t a tearjerker, and that’s actually refreshing -not every Pixar film needs to be an emotionally cathartic affair. This one is tender, sweet, and also funny, with silly physical comedy and an amusingly suspicious cat (Giulia’s kitty looks just like her dad, right down to what looks like a mustache). It’s also lovely to see a single father who belies his oversized appearance by cooking delicious meals, teaching the boys the skills needed to fish, and supporting his daughter in her dream to compete in Porto Rosso’s big annual race. Families with kids of all ages will enjoy this adorable addition to Pixar’s excellent list of films.