Are you gearing up to watch Pixar's latest release? This Luca movie review from each member of the family will help you decide what ages the movie is best for!
Here we go, Pixar's Luca releases June 18th on Disney+. Are you planning to watch it? To clarify, this release does NOT have a premium fee, and is included in your Disney+ membership (lots of questions about this).
I've learned QUITE a bit about Luca (I even got to attend an information filled Zoom press junket in the spring where I heard some great in depth information about the movie's creation). For me? This film is a special one, and one that I had pretty high expectations for. My mother's family immigrated to the United States from….Lucca, Italy. Italian culture is a HUGE part of our family, and I couldn't wait to see the Pixar take on the country I love so much.
Luca: A Full Family Movie Review
Plot: Luca is a tribute to the small Italian coastal towns that have contained the same timeless magic and beauty for hundreds and hundreds of years. The film tells the story of Luca and Alberto, two sea monsters who become friends (despite some tough moments) and explore the complexity of life above the surface. Why? Because when they emerge from the water, they become HUMAN. The story follows their adventures in a pretty exciting town race, and celebrates the beauty of youthful friendship. Director Enrico Casarosa (who also created La Luna), is from Genoa, and has put his own unique perspective into this passion project around his home country.
My Thoughts: Visually, the movie is STUNNING. When Luca and Alberto first entered the town, I gasped. The Pixar team captured the feeling of an Italian seaside town PERFECTLY. From the colors to the details, it felt like…..home. As much as I loved the main characters, it was the secondary characters (the parents, grandparents and Giulia) that stole my heart. Luca does an amazing job of developing them, and creates truly endearing families to surround Luca and Alberto as they enhance their story. The characters are whimsical and full of personality, and I think they will be appealing to younger kids as well as older (plus younger kids will LOVE the sea monsters). While we've seen more mature animated films lately, I think that Luca strikes a great balance with visual appeal and adventure for younger kids along with a plot for the more mature viewers.
Lydia's Thoughts: “It was really fun to watch. I liked Giulia because I loved her hair and she was REALLY brave. She was a good friend to Luca and Alberto. I also thought they were cute when they were sea monsters.”
Is it Scary: Not AT ALL. The sea monsters don't look scary. The main villain is a bully, but not anything visually or emotionally frightening.
What Ages Is It Good For? This is a GREAT all age film. If you are ready to do movies with younger kids, it's a great start!
Luca: Activities and Merchandise
Like all Pixar movies, Luca has some really fun activities and products to accompany the film.
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LUCA debuts on Disney+ June 18th.
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