Pixar’s latest movie “Luca” is full of sincerity, but seriously underestimated

“Luca” still uses the purest way to show a kind of beauty that is most difficult to pursue in modern society, just like a basic ice cream, simple, pure, heat-relieving, non-sticky, and it can be easily recalled.

Pixar’s new work “Luca” was released quietly during the summer’s worst time, and immediately followed “Raging Fire” to become the box office runner-up. However, the early release of streaming media and the epidemic also caused the movie box office to be hit hard, with less than 100 million. Expected box office, obviously also completely deviated from Pixar’s expectations. In addition to the box office, the score of “Luca” is also as low as 7.4 points, almost becoming the most dazzling presence in Pixar’s production.

The controversy of “Luca” is mostly focused on the “metaphor” and plot. Pixar’s golden sign makes most viewers always have high expectations for the movie. Obviously, “Summer Friends Sunny Day” did not directly hit this part. The audience’s refreshing point, the audience can only write in the comment area “somewhat mediocre, the higher the expectation, the higher the disappointment.”

However, is “Luca” really so unbearable? In fact, the author believes that Pixar’s “Luca” has actually achieved the most difficult “return to basics” in commercial films, abandoning “meaning” and pursuing beauty and purity.

Although the plot is not as complete as “Coco” and “Soul”, “Summer Friends Sunny Day” returns to the simplest, pure and straightforward way, and talks about two moving motifs-friendship and growth.

As the most obvious feeling in “Luca”, friendship has been extended more deeply and realistically in the movie. At the beginning of the film, the director used a brief brushstroke to show the audience the beauty of friendship in a universal sense-peer recognition.

When Luca was unable to obtain value recognition and freedom from his elders, it was Alberto who brought Luca to a new world of freedom and attention. Similarly, when Luca “falls”, it was Alberto who held him firmly and gave him the delicate care that his elders could not give.

Through the depiction of Luca’s native family in the previous plot, it can be seen that the source of the tragedy in Luca’s character comes from the “blocking” of the elders and the imprisonment in the name of love. Freedom is Luca’s obsession. It’s actually very simple to get rid of this predicament. It is to give Luca freedom and the opportunity to “join the WTO.” However, when he was truly free, Luca was afraid of his head and returned to the same way as his parents. The value of identity-fear of danger.

This natural contradiction plot truly and realistically portrays the predicament that young people will encounter when they first enter society. In solving this dilemma, the habitual thinking of the elders is “protection”, but it is true that Luca needs not protection, but to inspire courage from the inside to overcome the cowardly tragic nature and grow.

At this time, Alberto used the sentence “Bruno to defeat the heart” to take Luca out of his comfort zone, which is a typical use of peer recognition to gain emotional connection. All this bright is a medal of value for “friendship”.

However, the most valuable thing about “Luca” is not to blindly praise the beauty of friendship through a layer of rosy filter, but to show the most “realistic” side of friendship in a bloody manner. When Luca and Alberto had a disagreement, Alberto angered and touched the water in front of Julia. Luca did not try to save Alberto as usual, but shouted: “There is a monster.”

The image of this “imperfect” protagonist is beautifully portrayed. The director did not follow the stereotype of the commercial film and portrayed the protagonist as a “white lotus” who was upgraded all the way to fight monsters. Instead, he became an “alien” through Luka Mingming. Instead of arguing for a friend, the behavior of “eliminating aliens” instead of arguing for a friend conveys a cruel and realistic truth about friendship and life-friends, you can’t accompany you through your life, you can only Walked a journey.

When Alberto gave all in friendship, Luca’s betrayal was an injection of reality, piercing all the utopias that belonged to the second dimension, and hitting the tears, cruel and real. After all, friendship also has a “honeymoon period.” After the years of mutual help and mutual suffering, whether you can “same happiness” and resolve peer competition has become the touchstone of friendship and growth. This is the achievement and special of “Luca”.

The eternal but cruel growth proposition

The natural contrast of the “imperfect” protagonist makes Alberto’s character image more three-dimensional. If Luca’s growth is an experience of identity and “breaking the game”, then Alberto’s growth is a pattern and redemption constructed under “great love.”

Because he has been in the rain, Alberto may do his best to hold an umbrella for others. Under the natural outgoing appearance, there is a more broken childhood hidden, lacking the ability to love and reconciliation, but doing everything to help Luca lick his wounds, treating this heavenly friendship as the only one in the gloomy loneliness The light.

After being betrayed by Luca, he still chose to “forgive” Luca, which is the most exciting chapter in the hymn about Albert’s growth. Because this “betrayal” made Alberto understand that identity and worries about “accessing the WTO” are the only obstacles to their friendship, so as long as you accept your identity first, you can overcome this psychological obstacle. At the same time, Friendship with Luca is also a bridge for the murlocs to “enter the world”. This natural curiosity, like “The Little Mermaid”, is a kind of sad romance.

It is true that all of this is the interpretation of the viewer, but behind this series of “instincts” are still the backbone of tolerance, bravery, and great love. It is precisely because of Alberto’s brave move out of the mindset and the enjoyment of pain. Transcendence affects Luca to accept himself and identify himself more quickly, paving the way to utopia.

There is such a realistic theme in the growth anthem of “Luca”, and the first element of growth is “acceptance.” First of all, to accept oneself, the identification of self-identity is the source of neither humble nor overbearing. The root of the tragedy in the characters of the two protagonists is the inability to accept oneself. On the basis of accepting one’s own identity, tolerating everything in the world is a “big pattern” that needs to be experienced.

The rare and precious thing about “Luca” is its purity. The feelings, love and hate in the movie are pure. You can make friends because of a common wish, you will lose friends because you are drifting away, and you will reunite with friends because of your growth. The acceptance and bravery in the movie are also pure. The fear is just because of ignorance. When malice and danger are eliminated, it can also lead to the end of a family carnival.

Although the overall storyline is still realistic, the ending of “Luca” is very “fairy tale” and utopian. The people in the small town quickly accepted the identity of the murloc and encouraged more murlocs to accept themselves and live happily. Perhaps this kind of beauty only exists in fairy tales, but the inclusive pattern and attitude are still in reality. People who watch movies need to learn from it.

Overcome cultural barriers and show the beauty of regional characteristics

The very subtle highlight of the film is the translation of the title. The original work is named after the protagonist’s name. It is a choice that is neither wrong nor brilliant. However, the translation of “Luca” includes all the eye-catching elements of the film-midsummer, sunny days, and friendship. The continuous reading is more literary and catchy. , A clear, warm and beautiful picture suddenly appeared in front of my eyes.

In recent years, although the concept of “globalization” has become more and more tightened, Pixar’s creation has gradually stepped out of the traditional Western aesthetic and cultural system, and has begun to use the peaceful perspective of “de-gaze” to explore cultural elements with regional characteristics.

“Coco” unearthed the meaning of family affection and existence from Mexico’s Day of the Dead, and the colorful South American world constructed by paper-cutting and candles is even more fascinating.

​The short film “Bao”, which won the Oscar, touched every sympathetic audience with the plain social issues of “raising children” and “old care”.

In “Luca”, the abundant sunlight in southern Italy, lively towns, blue seas, operas, warm and emotional Italian, healthy and sunny girls, coastal mountain roads and bicycles make the movie lively and lively. The main catalyst. In the “post-epidemic” state, it is still possible to take a visual journey around the world. The more ethnic, the more special.

Like “Soul”, the overall tone of “Luca” is still the reality of healing in the “post-epidemic” period. If the “Coco” of the year was to actively create meaning, desperately strive for, cater to, and explore “meaningful” successful lives, but Pixar’s two new works after 2020 are “dissolving meaning.”

After all, the probability of success is never 100%. Where there are people, there will be competition, where there will be competition, there will be failure, and where there will be failure, there will be loss. Cruelty is always the background color of reality. In the shadows, one must also learn how to accept mediocrity or even failure, and reconcile with reality and oneself. After all, the path of life is not just static.

It is true that “Luca” is still covered by numerous controversies, such as the overall lack of completion of the story. The plot is polished, slightly outdated and flat, and the turning point at the end is a bit hasty and lacks persuasiveness. It is impossible to use “cool” and “reasonable” to snipe most of the audience. At the same time, the shaping of other characters except the protagonist is also rigid On the surface, in terms of conception and layout, it is even more inferior to the thorough understanding of “Soul”.

However, in this deserted and dull late summer, “Luca” still uses the purest way to show a kind of beauty that is the most difficult to pursue in modern society, just like a basic ice cream, simple, pure, and simple. It relieves heat, is not sticky, and can easily recall the taste.