Luca: Understated Brilliant Buddy Film

Luca is directed by Enrico Casarosa, with the story written by Enrico Casarosa and Simon Stephenson and the screenplay by Jesse Andrews. It follows an unlikely friendship between a sea monster, Luca, and a human on the surface. Luca may, truthfully, be for kids. However, there is a serenity and beauty all ages can embrace. Luca deals with universal topics like so many animated films. Topics such as accepting oneself and understanding that differences do not equal bad. The animation and location, an Italian town, stands out. But what sells Luca is the intertwined story of friendship and conflict between the three underdogs; Luca (Jacob Tremblay), Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Giulia (Emma Berman) and a beautiful message.