I enjoyed Luck as much as I’ve enjoyed other films like Finding Dory or Ralph Breaks the Internet, smiling as I watch them but then never thinking about them again.
Written by Niamh Brook / August 8, 2022
Luck follows Sam Greenfield (Eva Noblezada), an 18-year-old orphan who just so happened to be the most unlucky person in the world.
We first meet Sam leaving her orphanage and starting her adult life with a new flat and new job. After a series of slapstick bad luck adventures, Sam finds and quickly loses a lucky penny and starts her adventure to the land of luck along with the lucky black cat bob (Simon Pegg).
The premise of the film is simple and frankly quite strange to explain. Sam and Bob go through a series of wacky adventures to try and secure a lucky penny for Sam’s friend at the orphanage,Hazel. Like many of John Lasasseter’s previous films (who acts as a producer on the film), the film delves into an unexplored premise with some wonderful world-building and engaging secondary characters; we even get a John Ratzenbuger cameo!
Both Noblezada and Pegg act as engaging leads and after the films somewhat awkward set up, I found myself enjoying the pair’s antics in the wonderful ‘Land of Luck.’
Luck lacks a maturity that comes from other, more established animation studios, with many of the film’s themes being explicitly stated multiple times throughout and some dialogue coming across rather awkwardly.
Will I ever want to watch this film again? Maybe one day in the future, when I have kids. It’s a nice, easy watch but nothing special overall. To me, the film is the embodiment of average. I enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed other films like Finding Dory or Ralph Breaks the Internet, smiling as I watch them but then never thinking about them again.
It seems Luck will probably fly under most people’s radar. Parents with Apple TV may be more inclined to pop it on for their kids, but with a lack lustre marketing campaign and the app’s small audience, I fear Luck may not be reached by the many but rather the few.
The first animated feature film for Skydance Studios shows an understanding of their new craft and with time (and a higher budget), the studio could reach moderate success. However, would I recommended this film to anyone without kids? Probably not, there are far better animated films out there that are more worth your time.