Luca is the latest masterpiece from Pixar studios. I don’t use this word lightly. Director Enrico Casarosa transports us to the splendid Ligurian area of ​​Italy to tell this constructive story of two friends in their early teens. After more than 20 Pixar films, we should know what to expect, right.
Indeed, this animated film is much more than just a cartoon for children.
Let’s find out 5 reasons to see and love him. Inspired by director Enrico Casarosa’s childhood best friend, also named Alberto, children and adults alike will fall in love with the film in different ways. 1. The beauty of the Cinque Terre
The fictional village of Portorroso is a real postcard. The story is set in this fictional Italian city. Portorosso was inspired by the look of the coastal towns of the Cinque Terre which are made up of multicolored buildings atop cliffs with stunning azure waters. This environment is replicated to perfection in “Luca”. Imagine Finding Nemo’s underwater landscapes paired with Ratatouille’s Parisian details and you’ll have the best of both worlds in Luca. 2. The precious value of friendship
In Luke we see a story of growth and change of two friends who are secretly sea monsters and want to explore the human world.
Sea monsters are able to appear human when their skin is dry but, unfortunately, living close to humans, they must keep a secret identity. The two friends couldn’t be more different, with Luca being a shy dreamer and Alberto an adventurous troublemaker. Their friendship is however able to bring out the best in them.
Two teenage boys can inspire you to see the world with new eyes. It is no coincidence that director Enrico Casarosa drew on his childhood memories to show how a friend can push you out of your comfort zone. True friends can also help you get out of the water even when you think you can’t. Pixar films may be marketed as children’s animated films, but they consistently reach a much wider audience with stories that move, laugh and think. 3. Luca pays homage to the golden age of Italian cinema
Film buffs will be delighted by the references to the golden age of Italian cinema, especially the Neorealist period. Pay attention to the posters and Easter eggs throughout the film. There is also an unexpected reference to Marcello Mastroianni and La Strada di Fellini. There is also a nod to Disney Studios: a poster of Walt Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, which he opened in December 1954, at the Portorosso cinema. Thirty years of Pixar on show in Rome
The exhibition “Pixar. 30 years of animation ”, a trip to Pixar Studios accompanied by over 400 works including videos, drawings, sketches… 4. Luca will inspire you to silence the voice in your head that prevents you from doing things.
Have you ever suffered from impostor syndrome
You have a nagging voice in your head that reminds you of all the “ifs”, your fears and the reasons for not trying something new.
I do, and I found the perfect strategy thanks to the advice of Luca and his friend Alberto.
A catchphrase that we will adopt in your life after seeing Luca and: “Silencio, Bruno”. Bruno is a metaphor used to describe the nagging and doubtful voices in the characters’ heads that dissuade them from taking risks. Alberto tells Luca to silence Bruno about him so that he can get out of his comfort zone and pursue his dreams.
While this doesn’t justify taking all kinds of risks in life, it is a positive reminder for kids and adults to be brave and not get carried away by the rumors in their heads.5. Luca seen as an LGBTQ + story
Pixar, like most of the Disney subsidiaries, has yet to put LGBTQ + characters in a movie. And even though Luca’s director Enrico Casarosa said this film is firmly about friendship and nothing romantic, it’s easy to see why audiences are noticing queer undertones.
The trailer for the film immediately made a comparison with “Call me by your name”, a gay summer love story set in such an Italian beach town. For obvious reasons, Luca doesn’t mention this, but he still has some messages encoded in queer “mode”.
To begin with, one could certainly read the relationship between Alberto and Luca as something more than a friendship, already clear from the trailer itself. There is also the idea of ​​sea monsters living in disguise and having to “come out” to their human fellow citizens. This leads to the notion of acceptance, which is an important issue for a number of communities – the LGBTQIA + ones in particular.
Finally, Luca came out in the middle of the month of pride, June, so frankly the queer community deserves it.
Stella Grillo

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