“Some people, they’ll never accept him. But some will. And he seems to know how to find the good ones”!!
Pixar’s latest offering Luca is the coming of age story of Luca, who teams up with his friend Alberto to explore the human world and to realise their dream of buying a vespa to travel around the world. But for that, they have to hide their true identity as underwater animals whom the humans call as sea monsters.
Directed by Enrico Casarosa, Luca may not have the innovative elements like in the studios most famous works. But it breathes into life with some charming story telling, splendid animation and beautiful visuals, while exploring the theme of freedom, friendship, dreams, hope, childhood trials and ultimately the importance of being who you are. The story is beautifully wrapped in with tasty Italian flavours; be it the sea side set on the Italian riviera, the variety of food items, Italian accent, or the breezy sound tracks.
The makers have borrowed from movies like The little mermaid, but they have done the detailing part quite well. The sea creatures here have magical power of changing to humans when they enter the land. But they don’t have any control over their ability, that way the makers have made them grounded and lovable. Luca and Alberto desperately want to ride in a vespa to travel around the world, here vespa represents ultimate freedom they yearn for. The central theme though is the importance of being true about your identity. The movie tells no freedom or joy is enjoyable if you hide your identity behind what you show outside.
The Italian flavoured English is quite a pleasure to the ears and so is the wide variety of Italian cuisines on show. From the regular pasta to lasagne to spaghettis to the unique trenette el pesco, great effort has gone into exploring different cuisines of the land. The makers have also given a vintage touch to the sea side town of Portorosso, from the architectures and costumes to the crowd who is obsessed with killing the folklorish sea monsters. Then there is Portorosso cup which is in a slightly modified triathlon format which contains swimming, eating and cycling. Luca and Alberto team up with Giulia to win the cup in the hope of buying a vespa with the price money.
Though at times in the second act the movie goes slightly melodramatic, I think those situations have worked well for the overall output. While Luca is not one of the innovative best from Pixar like a Wall-E or Inside Out, it certainly is an easy-breezy watch with plenty of fun!