This review for the Apple TV+ movie Luck (2022) contains no spoilers.
Either way, at the very least, animated films should never be bland or ordinary. When done right, the experience should be a creative virtuoso that can mimic real life in exaggerated form. While continuing to promote themes of universal truth. The latest Apple TV+ dips its toes in trying to match Disney, Pixar and Illumination success with a family comedy all its own – Chance, an animated film that combines standard ordinary visuals with a story that is one of the most bland entries in the genre in recent memory.
Directed by Peggy Holmes, Luck The story follows an orphan, Sam Greenfield (voiced by Eva Noblezada). She has a lot of bad luck in her short time. Sam has been in the system all his life and is about to turn 18. She will soon leave the orphanage without finding a “forever” family. Sam will now be separated from her friend Hazel (Adelynn Spoon). She’s a young child and Sam acts like her big sister. When Sam is dropped off at her new place, the adult social worker who watched her grow up kicks her out. Even when she asks when they will come to see her, they leave without a word of encouragement.
While alone, Sam starts a job but usually bumps into things, drops things, and when she opens a box of tiny cacti, those things all cling to her. She can’t add jam to toast without it falling on the sticky side and not near her plate. His future does not look bright. Then one evening, trying to find a table at a local cafe, she sits down on the sidewalk to eat. A black cat approaches. Sam offers them his sandwich. In a grateful gesture, they leave a coin behind. Sam picks it up and finds his luck has changed. When she meets the same black cat the following night – it turns out his name is Bob (Simon Pegg) and he’s Scottish – she discovers he talks and opens a portal to the land of luck. . And, of course, Sam follows him.
If Julie is The worst person in the worldKiel Murray’s editorial team (Raya and the dragon), Jonathan Aibel (kung fu panda) and Glenn Berger (Trolls) asks us to believe that Sam is the unluckiest person in the world. The problem is that after the first “bad luck” accidents of the first act, they never rely on themselves. They also end up being useless. Not to mention, you’d think that surviving all those accidents might make her the luckiest on the planet. It’s the same gag over and over again, which is like reminiscing about the same old stories with friends that become boring and stale. It’s just an odd result for a team with a summary of the anime movies listed above.
There’s also another problem with the image – they needed a villain, and they don’t have one. The filmmakers here seem to have forgotten the standards of the genre, like trying to write a hit song without a verse. Sam or Bob have no one to play with except the smell of bad luck in the air. The script even lacks a certain friction of chemistry between friends to make things interesting. There’s also a third issue where I wonder when Apple executives realized their huge financial mistake. The movie meal tickets are the rabbits. Secondary characters dance with Sam and are frequently called upon to wear hazmat suits. Why? To gather and eliminate the purple Crystals of Bad Luck, of course. They are cute, funny, lots of fun and are rarely used. These little guys could have been the next minions.
Chance could have been something special, but its filmmakers lack the imagination that locks into the film. It’s not bad luck. It’s just laziness.
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