Luca is a 2018 movie written and directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, I Am Love), starring Chloe Grace Moretz (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, If I Stay, The 5th Wave, Kick-Ass) and Raffey Cassidy (Paddington 2, The Flight of the Phoenix)

Luca is the life story of Luca Guadagnino, a modern day Renaissance Artist, Director, Writer, and Producer. His personal journey is illuminated by the lives of his past, present, and future incarnations, all of whom struggle with the same trials and tribulations of the human condition. On a personal note, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Luca both in the original screenplay for Call Me By Your Name and in his directorial debut, I Am Love.

The movie Luca is a fun affair. Like all of Pixar and Disney’s creations, Luke is a true entertainer. Packed with culture, values, humor and lessons for all, the film explores a whole new world – sea monsters.

Pixar has covered just about every area – land, water, sea. They are everywhere, and they don’t just make the usual random movie, their movies are always full of emotion. Luke is no different.

It is an allegory for those who are afraid to leave their bubble, about friendship and following your dreams. It is also a lesson for parents who overprotect their children, for their fears and worries often get in the way of their children’s glory.

The plot and theme of the film Luca

Luke is a sea monster who has been told all his life to stay away from land creatures. It is the bubble of water in which he finds himself and which he perceives through the eyes of others that keeps him balanced. But his greatest pleasure lies outside this bubble, when he meets Alberto, who teaches him much about life outside the house.

Together, they are building a dream that they must achieve if they are to travel among the creatures of Earth. Luca’s desire, strength and curiosity help Alberto to realize this dream. They go on an adventure in search of a dream and learn a lot about human life, feelings and that there are more important things than material things.

Compared to real life, the film is full of metaphors on all fronts. You’ve built your life in your comfort zone and you’re afraid to step out because you’re not sure of yourself. But the outside world promises an eventful life. Only when you take a leap of faith will you realize that good things will follow.

Silenzio Bruno!

One of the greatest life lessons was taught to you by Alberto when he told Luca that there is always Bruno in you, the soft and fearful one that always keeps you from taking on the challenge. All you have to do is scream and do what you’re afraid of.

One of life’s most powerful lessons, learned in the form of a joke. How many times have you listened to Bruno? How many times have you been nervous about taking on a challenge? The secret of victory is just crazy courage. All you have to do is silence that Bruno inside of you and do it!

If you think of all the places you’ve been in charge, you’ll see that there were a hundred other people who listened to their brunos and did nothing. If you take a leap of faith, even with the possibility of failure, there is still a 50% chance of success. The rest of us didn’t even try. Your chances of success are zero.

You have to lock Bruno up, close your eyes and jump. Just fucking do it, despite all the nervousness, despite the nervous whirlwind that will engulf you for a few seconds. These shocks will soon subside and the result will be, well, you’ll see for yourself.

Luke’s parents

Luke’s parents are like those people who worry too much about their children. They just need to find a solution – they will!

The greatest teacher in your life is yourself. Let your child fall and learn to get back up. Lower it again and let it rise again. You don’t have to get involved. You don’t have to lift it.

All you can do as a parent is entertain them with advice. You cannot and should not stop them in their quest. This is how they will learn in the first place.

Now in life, when I look at the number of times I’ve been held back or crushed, I get regret that I didn’t try many things, that I limited myself and my abilities because of my parents’ fears and concerns. If only they had worked on the aforementioned parent slogan, things would have been very different.

The most amazing thing you can do for your child is to let them become independent. Almost everything was taught to him along the way. Self-confidence is the best teacher. You learn how to live, how to make money, your dreams and desires follow your thoughts and you begin to act on them.

Just like a bird, you need to understand when your child has wings, and then you just need to give them a nudge and teach them to fly themselves.

Friends and enemies (spoilers)

In their hunt for the Vespa, Luca and Alberto encounter good and bad elements. While Julia is one of the characters who helps them in many ways, Ercole is the villain of the film in the form of a downright brilliant bully. The wit and perversion are perfect.

The fact that Ercole is looking for sea monsters himself, in addition to his attempt to become champion #1, adds tension to the plot. You’re wondering, what if Luca and Alberto get caught?

At the climax of the film, Luca makes you mull over your worst fears, and it’s nice to see Ercole do some poetic justice.

As you can see from the images above, the film is of great visual quality. You are looking at the book The Art of Luca, which takes you behind the scenes of the film Luca :

Luke’s film defects

Towards the end of the film, when you see everyone changing their minds, you get the feeling that this part was very underdeveloped and rushed. The film jumps to the finish line when it could have built a drama about it.

It all happens so fast that it’s hard to believe that the people of the land were the same people who hated sea monsters and wanted to kill them. To have them support each other after Massimo almost immediately melts down was a severe understatement, while the filmmakers could have at least made the play a controversial melodrama.

Final judgement

Overall, the film is full of energy, humor, and learning. Great stuff for your kids, even better stuff for the parents. You could say it’s a great family film.

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