Luck, the review: a little luck is enough

Our review of Luck, the new animated film from Apple TV + from August 5 on the platform, which focuses on the most unfortunate 18-year-old in the world and a black cat named Bob, a symbol of historical misfortune: what could possibly go wrong?

How many times in life has it happened to us to think that our successes were linked to luck? It is therefore with our fingers crossed that we write the Luck reviewthe new animated film by Apple Tv + on the platform from August 5, produced by Skydance Animation. This is not because we want to be superstitious but because it seems to us the right spirit with which to face the film, which confirms the quality and skill of Apple’s streaming service also in the animation sector, after the excellent Wolfwalkers.

An unfortunate girl

Luck: an image

The story is soon told: Sam Greenfield, apparently the most unfortunate 18-year-old in the world, accidentally meets a black cat who takes her to the Land of Fortune, an unknown place that apparently distributes good luck in the human world. The girl makes this journey to bring some positive vibes to her little best friend, Hazel, but she soon discovers how this mission is almost impossible: it would be enough to have just a little luck … Already from these few plot elements you can deduce how Luck is a film exquisitely for the whole family, that manages to embrace the naivety of the little ones and the superstitions of adults.

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Luck: A picture from the film

Putting a black cat named Bob, a historical symbol of bad luck, at the center of the story is the icing on the cake: his encounter-confrontation relationship with Sam is adorable, almost winking at Sabrina Spellman and her Salem. Now we will have a new dark feline to adore and which we recommend seeing in the original, for the Scottish accent that Simon Pegg gives to the role, as well as the Irish Leprechauns, and so on. An original cast of voices enhanced by Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, former Captain Hook Colin O’Donoghue and new discovery Eva Noblezada as Sam. But the magical creatures that populate the Land of Fortune are full of surprises and inspirations from earlier in the animation: a sinuous female dragon reminiscent of Raya’s Sisu and the last dragon, or the overweight unicorn trying to get back into shape. with a strong German accent.

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Luck or bad luck?

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Luck: An image from the animated film

How many times in our life have we felt like we were haunted by bad luck? How many times have we blamed bad luck for accidents or negative events that happened to us? How many times has it seemed to us that in certain periods bad luck raged on us so much as to make us complain about it with friends and family and to extend it to our whole life? The film wants to make us reflect on how much we have an effective control over our existence and on how much it is “directed” by others, by a Destiny and a Fate of proverbial and mythological memory. Kiel Murray’s script spreads out various funny gags and many brilliant ideas, such as moments of good fortune and misfortune, such as “right place, right time” or “step on dog poop”. The final message of Luck seems to be that we must accept both what life gives us and the obstacles it places us in front of, because they can prove to be a tool to learn and above all to look at life as a glass that is half full and not necessarily half empty. We are the product of everything that has happened to us, for better or for worse, in luck and in misfortune, and that has brought us where we are, and it could be much more than a coincidence, a design intended for us as people. Without moments of bad luck, perhaps we would appreciate much less those in which everything seems to turn in the right direction.

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Lucky animation

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Luck: a scene from the movie

The work done by the animators of the film in recreating two worlds, that of Fortune as well as that of Misfortune, seems to wink at Monsters & Co. (on the other hand, among the producers of the film there is that John Lasseter of Pixar) and other Pixar classics, but also brings many new and original elements. Office comedy atmospheres mixed with the fantasy of an extra-human magical universe offer minimalist but colorful locations, with lively shades, and the direction of Peggy Holmes manages to play very well with the slapstick comedy without exaggerating (a chase sequence by Sam towards Bob is already memorable for how he plays with umbrellas, passersby and the streets around the characters). Despite a somewhat cumbersome central part at the narrative level, the film demonstrates great balance in mixing elements, genres and storylines of the characters. The result? A perfect comedy for families that entertains, makes us reflect and never fails to excite (thanks to the theme of foster care), putting us once again in front of the question: how much we are architects of our destiny and how much we can be aware in facing it head on. tall and with a smile on her lips, even and especially when it seems adverse to us?


We feel a little more fortunate and aware at the end of our Luck review, happy to have a perfect family film made for both small and large audiences, playing with our beliefs and superstitions trying to overturn them and question them, with a balanced and dynamic animation, to make us reflect, laugh and have a lot of fun, without forgetting to excite especially in the final part.

Because we like it

  • The idea behind it and its development, in the narrative ramifications of fortune and misfortune.
  • The gags and you find them brilliant and funny.
  • References to Scottish and Irish folk beliefs.

What’s wrong

  • A somewhat cumbersome central part.
  • Too bad it doesn’t come out in theaters, it would have been the perfect summer film for families.

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