LUCK is a family-friendly, animated film about good and bad luck. It boasts a fantastic voiceover cast but still falls short in the storyline. 

The Land of Luck is a crazy place to visit. It feels like a vast, not thought-out amusement park. The animation is nice but lacks the oomph it needs to catch your eye and be memorable. The dialogue is too informative about every aspect of this world. It felt thrown together. The writing was highly positive, although I am not sure I agree with the adage, “bad luck is the mirror image of good luck.” If that were the case, maybe I would “stop sweating.” 

The cast boasts several massive, amazing stars such as Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Simon Pegg, and Eva Noblezada. Yes, they were great with what dialogue they were given. I just wanted and expected more. I wasn’t empathetic with the characters. I did not worry if they would succeed or cheer when things went well. It was two hours of “are we done yet” moments. 

I am glad this film is rated “G” since there aren’t many for little ones. LUCK is John Lasseter’s creation with his new anime company. Unfortunately, it does not have “the feel “of a Pixar extravaganza. 

LUCK’s central theme was a desire to bring hope and luck back to our current world. They reinforced that bad luck is not bad because “it teaches a person to pivot.” But LUCK needed to take its own advice and pivot – or at least find a lucky penny for themselves. 

LUCK is available to stream on APPLE TV+.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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