Luck is a new CGI animated movie from Apple TV+ in which Sam (Eva Noblezada) lives at a children’s home, but is turning 18 and has to leave and move into her own place. She always thought she’d get to live with a ‘forever family’ as a child, but it never worked out, and saw her moving from one home to another on a regular basis.
As you might gather, she has terrible luck, whether it’s trying to make breakfast or just use the bathroom in the morning. Even still, she wants to come back to visit Hazel, a young girl who was in the same boat as she was at first. Can she find a ‘forever family’ by the end of the film?
Soon after, she crosses paths with Bob, a talking cat – as they usually are, and things actually start working out for her. This comes about because, while outside eating a panini, she puts out half of it for him (not like you’d put out an entire piece of regular food for a feline – they usually prefer to eat mice, birds, and in the case of one cat my mum brought home, half a squirrel, and leave the bottom half outside the back door!), but they soon bond.
Oh, and actually, “panini” is the plural. The singular is “panino”. But I digress…
In fact, recently, I’ve sort-of had a cat come into my life as well. He frequently walks through my back yard, or just takes a nap on the recycling bins. But I digress further.
And then a female tiger came along. But I tigress… (Okay, I’ll stop)
Without too much complication, Sam ends up in the land of Luck, where Bob shares the land with Irish leprechauns. She’s looking for another lucky penny after losing the one she acquires in the human world, but the platform system they use for getting about was giving me vertigo just by looking at it!
Add in a bad luck machine, and new characters thrown in every few minutes, and while it looks fantastic on a big screen, like most animated films I’ve seen, it does go on too long, but then it’s still something you could set your kids down in front of, and it would keep them quiet for the duration.
In fact, if I was a kid these days, I’d love watching this because I’d be thinking I really could enter into that fantasy world – same as wishing I had Jamie’s Magic Torch, or a Metal Mickey robot. But as an adult today, while I know it’s not a place I can actually visit, it’s still very cute with a heartfelt storyline, and gives you a reasonably engaging 97 minutes before the end credits begin.
As an aside, Simon Pegg – as the voice of BOb – proves, like with the Star Trek films, that he really can’t pull of a Scots accent. In fact, at first from the trailer, I thought the voice was that of the irritant known as Iain Stirling who frequents the depths of the ITV2 schedule on a regular basis.
Luck is on Apple TV+ from Friday August 5th, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Running time: 106 minutes
Release date: August 5th 2022
Studio: Apple TV+
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Director: Peggy Holmes
Producers: David Eisenmann, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, John Lasseter
Screenplay: Kiel Murray, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Music: John Debney
Sam Greenfield: Eva Noblezada
Bob: Simon Pegg
Hazel: Adelynn Spoon
The Dragon: Jane Fonda
The Captain: Whoopi Goldberg
Jeff the Unicorn: Flula Borg
Marv: Lil Rel Howery
Gerry: Colin O’Donoghue
Rootie: John Ratzenberger
Phil the Pig Foreman: Maurice Irvin
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