Luca is a sea monster who eagerly wants to explore the world beyond the reef. He meets Alberto an adolescent sea monster-turned-boy who has made life on land. There’s a kinship here both in the marine setting and in the fact that it plays to the younger end of the audience spectrum.
Life without friends seems incomplete Friends who guard secrets like they are their own, stand by the side, follow each other into the unknown, believing that they will be able to face it all – together. Pixar’s Luca is precisely an ode to that.
The animation features all the childhood daydreams in animated fun. The daydreams thrust imagination into hours of adventure-building from boring classes in school. The film presents the country’s magnificent aesthetic. Cobblestoned streets windy way into squiggly lanes of tall houses packed one after the other; noisy neighbors pour out into the open plaza for an afternoon, children playing a round of street soccer.
Luca’s eponymous protagonist, a sea monster living under the surveillance of his protective mother and directionless father. Luca might get discovered by humans. Sea monsters are shown changing form into humans when on land, but switch back immediately, when in contact with water. Both the kids befriend the town’s feisty young local Giulia.
The film portrays the obvious divide between land and sea. The townsfolk have an aggressive stand against marine monsters that spotlights the concept of privilege and the sentiments are reciprocated with the sea-dwellers and their unabashed dislike for humans.
The film also delves deep into the dynamic between Alberto and Luca; the togetherness in its co-dependency and need to escape reality. The friendship grows between a human being and a sea monster disguised as a human.
It is a coming-of-age fantasy that brings out the inner child who once was an explorer. It is a funny, entertaining, and deeply emotional story about friendship and acceptance. Alberto, a sea monster who steals objects from passing boats. He teaches Luca the fundamentals of human life, like walking, gravity, and the almighty Vespa someone who he claims can take a person anywhere they wish to go.
Luca has always dreamed of exploring the world above the surface, fascinating about motorboats gliding on the water but for humans in Luca, sea monsters are a myth, limited to children’s storybook.