Starring: Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Flula Borg, Lil Rel Howery, Colin O'Donoghue, and John Ratzenberger
Director: Peggy Holmes
Try as it might, Luck marks a tumultuous debut for Skydance Animation and a lackluster return to film production for ex-Pixar CCO John Lasseter. The film attempts to look and sound like a Pixar film, but ends up feeling like a half-baked copy of previous ideas from that library. The animation looks nice, but the story and expo-dump dialogue are all over the place, occasionally reaching Saturday morning cartoon levels of underdevelopment. Even if kids may enjoy this to a point, they’ll soon be bored by its overly padded length. Better luck next time.
Let’s start with what’s good about Luck: the good luck/bad luck gimmick doesn’t get as old as you’d think. The not so good: it’s written like it was meant to play after an episode of Blue‘s Clues. This Monsters, Inc. wannabe goes from one exposition dump to the next in order to build its world of luck, and as much as the voice cast seems to like voicing their fantastical characters, they don’t do enough to make Luck anything more than a predictable, run-of-the-mill children’s story. Kids may have some fun with this one, but it doesn’t reach much beyond that.
Luck is the type of cute family film that your kid can watch as you catch up on chores. It’s not terrible, but it can feel a bit generic at times. While the voice cast is good, the voice-syncing and animation are inconsistent, with some characters looking magnificent and others looking like they’re from an overseas Disney bootleg. Despite its flaws, there are enough laughs to be had to not make it a painful watching experience, but it's nothing remarkable or memorable. It’s just content for content’s sake; decent background noise that your toddler might really like.