Pixar’s Luca is the perfect summer movie

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the best way to watch luca, Pixar’s latest feature is perfect for when you’re getting that special kind of tiredness that comes from a long day at the beach. I recommend taking out a projector so you can watch it outside, preferably as soon as the sun starts to set, and ideally with some gelato with you. What I’m saying is: It’s about the perfect summer movie.

ok sorry so what luca Actually? In its most basic form, it is a coming-of-age story about sea creatures, directed by Enrico Casarosa (who previously directed Pixar’s 2011 short film). moonLuca (Jacob Tremblay) is a young monster who lives a sheltered life on a family farm under the sea, largely unaware of the human world above him. Everything he knows comes from his parents, who tell him that the “land monsters” are “here to slay”. Yet, despite – or perhaps because of – this sense of danger, he is fascinated by the human world.

He collects random objects, such as playing cards and an alarm clock, and dreams about what the world outside the ocean is like. (He used to be fast friends with Ariel.) Then one day, he meets another young monster named Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), who lives on the ground. Luca’s obsession with the human world reaches its peak when he sees a poster on Alberto’s wall that reads: “Vespa is freedom.” both there and there decide that they is To be a Vespa.

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Big Twist In luca This is how sea monsters transform into human form when out of the water. So Luca and Alberto are able to pretend to be humans when they head to a nearby Italian seaside village in search of the scooter of their dreams. Eventually, they come up with a plan: with the help of a new human friend named Giulia, they enter a triathlon so they can use the prize money to buy a Vespa. (In case you forgot that the movie takes place in Italy, one of the triathlon events is dedicated to eating pasta.)

The core of the film is the budding friendship between Alberto and Luca. Both are near polar opposites. lucid, cautious yet imaginative; Alberto, flamboyant and prone to risk taking. They push each other in different ways. Alberto helps Luca break out of his shell with daring bike rides and other stunts, while Luca shows Alberto that there is more to life than just having fun. for the most part, lucaThe story follows the expected beats. The two come closer to dealing with Giulia’s effect on their relationship, eventually clashing and reconciling. As they train for competition they adapt to the human world – Luca learns to ride a bike, while Alberto struggles to operate a fork – and discover new pleasures such as gelato. At the same time, there is a constant sense of danger; Any time it rains you worry that the boys will be detected, which is especially scary considering how much the villagers hate sea monsters.

but the predictable nature of luca Never bothered me, because it’s just so charming. There is a real tactile sensation to the animation. The ripple effect when a sea monster transforms into a person is almost as satisfying, like popping a piece of bubble wrap.

luca There’s the vibe of a stop-motion production, with exaggerated characters that look like they’re made of toothpicks and plasticine. All of this helps to add to the film’s casual flair. Plus, because it’s a CG film, there’s a fluidity to it, especially when you see sea creatures swimming like otters. (The water looks incredibly alive.) Watching the pair of friends run through the water, jump like dolphins, and constantly change forms in the process, creates an incredible sense of freedom.

probably the most impressive luca It is that there are two fully realized worlds in it. This quaint, sun-drenched village looks like a postcard from the 1950s and just makes you want to bask in the sun for a few hours. Yet Pixar has an uncanny ability to imagine the details of a hidden world, whether it’s toy life or the land of the dead—or, in this case, the day-to-day experience of sea monsters. You’ll see Luca grazing fish in a field, and his father watching the crabs ahead of a Westminster-like contest. When Luca is discovered to have traveled to the surface, his parents threaten to send him to live in the deep sea with his translucent anglerfish uncle. Rather than presenting sea monsters as strange or terrifying, they are immediately shown as humanity’s underwater counterparts. Just, you know, with purple gills.

Like many Pixar movies, luca Not groundbreaking at all. It is a family friendly story which is quite easy to guess. But that doesn’t take anything away from the big emotional beating. When boys fight, it’s sad to see. When they help the lonely Giulia find friendship, it warms your heart. The story ends with a really neat message about acceptance, and yet I couldn’t help but cry a little at the end. luca Sets a very special mood, and it fits right in with a hot summer night.

luca Premieres June 18 on Disney Plus.

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