THere’s a cotton candy lightness to Pixar’s lush summer confection, Luca: a lighthearted, snappy little story that also threatens to disappear in the ocean breeze, as charming as it is small. It is a story of friendship and acceptance and one that many are excited about. speculated It could be something more innovative, but, finally revealed, it is more of the same. Another reliable and skillful combination of elements from Pixar’s playbook that we’ve come to know so well is a soothing, soothing whisper that fades away once it’s over.
Like many of its originals, it is structured around an inventive concept, how-they-thought-of-that concept: Sea monsters do exist, but when they hit land, they briefly turn human. Like the Gremlins mogwai, they need to stay dry or their true form will emerge, something that would put them in extreme danger in the Italian city of Portorosso, where sea monsters are feared and hated. For Luca (voiced by Jacob Tremblay), the world above the sea has been explained to him as an impossibility, his mother emphasizing the evils it contains; much safer to stay underwater, herd fish and spend time with the family. But safer is more boring and when he meets a braver new friend, Alberto (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer), he follows him to the surface and into town …
When the first trailer arrived, it was assumed that, like his protagonists, Luca could also be hiding his true self, which could actually be Disney’s first real queer animation, a major milestone for representation within a genre that only He has shown us extreme righteousness (something that adds to the toxic belief that being gay has an R rating and is not suitable for a wide family audience). The signs were there: an intense male connection, code shifting, a duality of worlds, struggling to be accepted by oneself, a Pride month release, the title some saw as a nod to the director of the gay Italian summer romance. . Call me by your name, fantastic hair. But the director Enrico Casarosa Recently He shot down those rumors, calling it a movie about friendship with sexuality that is not part of the equation. It’s hard not to see the movie without seeing something allegorical, however, his story of misfits, straddling two worlds, discovering who they are and how everyone sees them having a close similarity with many narratives that come out of the closet. Of course, there are many ways to view the film’s theme of otherness, whether through the lens of immigration or even race, the film fits in with other Pixar films that have tried to tackle more important issues with a twist. light.
But it’s one of their lesser and more sparkling attempts in this regard, a sweet but hasty prank that commits a fairly familiar Pixar sin: placing an interesting idea in the middle of a fairly generic story. The cunning sea monster out of the water, and the intriguing intriguing dynamic it provides us with, causes a lot to explore, but the pair are loaded with a memory tournament narrative instead, as they must train and compete in a triathlon in order to win. . money to buy a Vespa (sign of many mounts).
Luca’s world and its thematic potential are far more compelling than what ultimately brings them all together, a similar problem hampered parts of Up and Inside Out and, most notably and consistently, brave, exciting, and eccentric ideas that didn’t. frames that match them have been found entirely. So the film works in delightful bursts, as writers Jesse Andrews and Mike Jones explore the changing nature of early friendship, how extreme and absorbing it can be, but also fragile when pulled out of its sheltered bubble and into the world. .
It’s a Pixar formula that pulls the strings, but it’s made effectively enough to work (their movies never Really fail?). It doesn’t have that emotional ending we might hope and expect, it’s too mild to evoke an ugly scream, but it’s easy to see, low-risk stuff, generously animated (on land, in less water), and just like Disney’s springtime adventure. Raya and the Last Dragon, refreshingly free of romantic fun, prioritizing friendship and self-discovery over getting the boy, girl, or sea monster. Wisely shifted from a theatrical release to Disney + (it will be released in theaters in some territories where the platform is not available), it will be a relaxing watch at home this summer, like a nice, relaxing trip to the beach. you will enjoy it then, but will have a hard time remembering when the cold returns. While its weirdness isn’t specifically mentioned, it thematically will continue to deliver an encouraging message about accepting who you really are – a family lesson from Pixar perhaps, but always worth repeating for LGBTQ youth and hopefully one that it will come with force to the world. future without hiding what it really is.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism