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Apple TV+, a leading streaming service, has high expectations for Luck, the first animated film in their collaboration with Pixar founder John Lasseter, who left the company amid a cloud of controversy and his new studio Skydance Animation. Along with Lasseter, he managed to bring plenty of his former employers' charm and creativity with him. But does Luck live up to its reputation?
LUCK: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?
Sam Greenfield (voice of Eva Noblezada) is about to be unlucky as she gets. She loves getting in some visual jabs at her expense. She loves Hazel, even when she is still young. She may have received a small piece of luck before she found her forever home, but she gets a little more than she bargained for after picking up a lucky penny that links us to the unknown world.
What Films Will It Remind You Of?: Luck is largely predicated on sprinkling up that Pixar magic, and the desire to rescue a kid in need of help gives off strong Finding Nemo vibes. But more importantly, it is incredibly indebted to Pixars Inside Out for its brilliant storytelling.
Simon Pegg, who has been a long-time MVP and most reliable laugh-getter in franchises ranging from Star Trek to Mission: Impossible, is really on his A-game in Luck, as it is, playing the role of a narrator throughout the film.
Many excellent quotables about the value of good and bad luck have been found in the film, especially as Luck nears its conclusion. Those lines are at the right balance of being relevant and applicable without feeling like something you would see on a motivational poster in a middle-school classroom. It's one of the benefits of bad luck, according to old Pixar voice talent John Ratzenbergers Rootie, it trains you to pivot.
This is about as squeaky-clean and family-friendly as they come so best luck next time if thats what you're looking for.
Our Take: In Luck, it becomes clear that this isn't the real McCoy; for example, you'd probably have to be stone-hearted to avoid getting teary-eyed. It's at least a relief to kick back with something that truly respects its viewers with such sincerity, despite some of the duller plot mechanics and contrivances.
STREAM IT. Luck is family fun done right, even if it falls toward the lower end of the age spectrum in its appeal. In both conception and execution, it's original enough to make some of its more predictable developments seem fresher than they are. And any film that helps us see the world in a different light, recognizing that good and bad luck are often what we make of them, offers a valuable lesson for viewers of any age.
Marshall Shaffer is a freelance film journalist based in New York. His work has also appeared in Slashfilm, Slant, Little White Lies, and many other publications. Someday soon, everybody will realize how correct he is about Spring Breakers.
Luck is now available on Apple TV+.