Review of “Luca” (2021)

Buildings from the Amalfi coast in Italy – image from Pexels – NOT from the movie

Luca, a young sea monster boy, swims around, looking for goatfish off the coast of Portorosso, a town in Italy. His parents won’t allow him near the surface as they deem humans as perilous.

One day, Luca befriends another boy and sea monster named Alberto. Alberto teaches Luca to walk, ride a bike, and other activities that humans do. However, Luca’s parents warn him that they might send him to live with his Uncle Ugo in the deep sea. So, Luca and Alberto escape to the land, where they become humans.

They meet some new faces, such as a talented and fierce, but kind girl called Giulia. Yet, they also face trouble with a bully called Ercole. The adventures progress.

Despite how the trailer failed to excite me, the film ended up intriguing me a lot. It also shared similarities with “The Little Mermaid,” such as Luca’s mom and dad prohibiting him from going to the surface or near people. Unlike Ariel, though, Luca did not have to give up his voice. Plus, the plot differs.

It also has some flaws and unbelievable moments. For instance, Luca mastered walking and biking within seconds to minutes. 

Yes, the story had to go on. But everyone knows that it can take months or even years to learn how to walk or ride a bicycle.

Another surprising aspect was how sea monsters became humans once they entered the land. Yet, there is no explanation behind this.

Speaking of which, I disliked when Luca’s parents pushed some random boy into the water, assuming that he was their son. The kid lost his ice cream and cried.

It’s not only cliched, but also cruel as well as not believable. The child would even have said that he wasn’t Luca. 

Regardless of the imperfections, the movie had lots of perks. Those included Luca and Alberto’s friendship, the suspenseful moments where you hope for the best, the characters and how they developed, and the importance of teamwork.

I would give “Luca” 5 out of 5 stars.

Published by Sunayna Prasad

I enjoy writing stories, creating artwork, watching movies and TV shows, cooking, and traveling. These are the topics of my posts. I also publish books, where you can learn about them on my website, Be sure to copy and paste the link and subscribe to my newsletter on the email list button on the homepage.

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