happiness could have been something special, but from the start its filmmakers lacked the imagination that goes into the film.
There are no spoilers in this Apple TV+ Movie Luck (2022) review.
No matter what, at least animated films should never be boring or ordinary. If done well, the experience should be a virtuoso of creativity, able to mimic real life in an exaggerated form. And all while still promoting themes of universal truth. The latest version of Apple TV+ tries to build on the success of Disney, Pixar and Illumination with its own family comedy – Happiness, An animated film that combines ordinary standard pictures with a story that is one of the most boring entries in this genre in recent times.
directed by Peggy Holmes, luck is The story follows an orphan, Sam Greenfield (voiced by Eva Noblezada). She has had a lot of bad luck in her short time. Sam has been in the system her whole life and will soon be 18 years old. She will soon leave the orphanage without finding a “forever” family. Sam is now separated from her friend Hazel (Adelynn Spoon). She is a young child and Sam acts as her big sister. When Sam is dropped off at her new abode, she is basically blown away by the adult social worker who watched her grow up. Even when she asks when they’re coming over, they drive away 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 stick to her. She can’t add jam to toast without it falling on the sticky side and away from her plate. Your future doesn’t look bright. Then one night, while trying to find a table at a local coffee shop, she sits on the curb to eat. A black cat approaches. Sam offers them their sandwich. As a gesture of gratitude, they leave a coin. Sam picks it up, then realizes her luck has changed. The next night, when she meets the same black cat – turns out his name is Bob (Simon Pegg) and is Scottish – she finds out that he speaks and opens a portal to the land of happiness. And of course Sam follows him inside.
When Julie is The worst person in the worldthe writing team of Kiel Murray (Raya and the dragon), Jonathan Aibel (Kung Fu Panda) and Glenn Berger (trolls) challenges us to believe that Sam is the unhappiest person alive. The problem is that after the first few “bad luck” accidents in the first act, they never build on themselves. They’re also pointless in the end. Not to mention that you might think that surviving all of these accidents could make her the happiest person alive. It’s the same gag over and over again, which is tantamount to reminiscing about the same old stories with friends that get tiring and boring. This is just an odd result for a team with a summary of the animated films listed above.
There’s another problem with the picture – they needed a villain and they don’t have one. The filmmakers here seem to have forgotten genre standards, like trying to write a hit with no verses. There is no one for Sam or Bob to play with except the smell of pitch in the air. The script even lacks a certain buddy-chemistry friction to make things interesting. There’s also a third issue that makes me wonder when Apple executives realized their colossal financial mistake. The film’s meal cards are the bunnies. The supporting characters dance with Sam and are frequently asked to wear hazmat suits. Why? Of course, to collect and dispose of the purple bad luck crystals. They are cute, funny, very amusing and rarely used. These little fellows could have been the next servants.
happiness could have been something special, but its filmmakers lack the imagination to put into the film. That’s not bad luck. That’s just laziness.
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