Review | ‘Luck’ is a harmless animation that explores the ups and downs of life

In ‘Luck’a young eighteen-year-old girl named Sam Greenfield (Eve Noblezada) leaves the orphanage in which she spent her entire life and starts living alone, facing the ups and downs of everyday life – in fact, more lows than highs. After all, Sam is one of the unluckiest people on the planet and he lives with it as if it were an extension of himself. But things change when she crosses paths with a black cat and finds a golden coin that allows her to experience something she hasn’t felt in a long time: luck. However, when she loses the coin, she is dragged into a magical world filled with magical creatures who are responsible for bringing luck to the planet – and she sees it as a chance to change her own destiny and the future of one of her closest friends. nearby, little Hazel (Adelynn Spoon).

The new animation of skydance is an attempt to provide something new to a type of narrative that has already been explored ad nauseam in the entertainment scene – after all, this game of luck and chance is seen, for example, in the beloved romantic comedy ‘Luck in Love’starring Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pineor else in ‘Damn luck’. But the idea behind the feature film directed by Peggy Holmes it has a narrative that strives for originality, but bumps into various formulas and an overflowing cosmos filled with characters that tire viewers; in any case, it is remarkable how the production is aimed essentially at a younger audience, discussing what life outside awaits them and how we can face it without believing that we have been “cursed”.

Sam’s construction is involved in the classicism of the empathetic and selfless heroine who, despite wanting to change herself, has other plans: after all, while she hasn’t been adopted by some family, Hazel can find a true home if she has a little help to her. more – which is why finding the coin changes everything. As Sam unfolds as the true “savior” of the plot, she also shows that she is liable to make mistakes, breaking free from the Manicheism that we would expect in works of the genre. And this is where her path crosses with Bob’s (Simon Pegg), a talking black cat to whom the coin belongs; When Sam discovers he comes from a magical dimension where luck and misfortune are produced, she follows him and becomes involved in an adventure that changes the way the universe works forever.

The animation brings heavy names not only to the voice cast, but also to the creative team: John Lasseterknown for bringing classic titles like ‘Toy Story’, ‘Insect’s life’ and ‘cars’is responsible for the executive production of ‘Luck’ – and its presence is notable in terms of mixing dense themes to the children’s scope, as we have already seen in the productions of Pixar. The problem is that the reflections don’t go too far beyond the obvious, which wouldn’t show up as a problem if the film, itself, didn’t try to take a bigger step than the leg. Yes, we have the explosion of a quite eye-catching color palette (the glow of emerald green for World of Fortune in contrast to the dubious passivity of purple and lilac of World of Chance) and the presence of charming characters such as Babe, the Dragon (Jane Fonda) and the hilarious unicorn Jeff (Borg Flula), but we can’t help but miss something.

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Regarding the technical choices, there is not much to comment: the color decision mentioned in the paragraph above is very smart, considering that purple and green are complementary colors (something well portrayed in the feature, since bad luck and luck work like the yin it’s the yang and cannot exist without the other); the soundtrack, composed by John Debneymakes good use of string instruments and brings elements of the epic orchestra that Alan Silvestri composed for ‘The Polar Express’, reworked to convey a more timeless, less constrained feel; and the solid driving is marred by the frenetic pace of a script that doesn’t seem to know exactly which direction to go – and that bets on emotional dips that seem false at times, while proving to be practical for the development of the arcs in others.

‘Luck’ it may not be the best animation of the year and it stumbles in many aspects, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad production. Although I could have been more cautious in certain constructions, the result is pleasant and brings a beautiful message of overcoming and maturing – something important especially for children, who will surely have fun with the film.

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