“Luck” is Skydance Animation’s first feature film and it’s already turning heads online. The movie is both whimsical and fantastical at the right times, with relatable characters and an intriguing plot. “Luck” does more than just entertain: It contains lessons that many kids can use to their benefit.
Sam Greenfield (Eva Noblezada) is an 18-year-old woman who is learning how to adult. Having recently left foster care, Sam is concerned about a younger friend, Hazel, who is due to be adopted. Sam deals with bad luck every day, but she’s more interested in helping Hazel than she is in helping herself.
Things take a positive turn when Sam finds a coin that seems to make her bad luck disappear. Sam’s goal is to bring this coin to the orphanage so that Hazel has better luck with getting adopted. The problem is that Sam eventually flushes the coin down the toilet by mistake. Now with the help of a talking cat, Bob, Sam explores new realms in search of the lost coin.
A New Understanding
Part of what makes “Luck” so valuable for kids is its emphasis on polarity. Children have very complex minds, but they tend to see things as black or white. When things go wrong, it’s easy for kids to become confused and frustrated without assessing what exactly happened. Sam is forced to develop a new perspective on her misfortunes and where they come from. She enters the Land of Good Luck where leprechauns create “good luck stones,” and the Land of Bad Luck where her misfortunes come from. She learns that both realms are needed to form a complete picture.
Another realm from “Luck” that shouldn’t be overlooked is the In-Between. When the characters send out a drone to find the missing coin, the drone winds up in a land that is wedged between the Land of Luck and the Land of Bad Luck. This moderate world can help kids understand that when they deal with problems, there are often gray areas that they’re not noticing.
By the end of the film, Sam realizes that her purpose isn’t to foster good luck. The real point of her adventure is getting a better look at what causes chance occurrences. Some problems are a person’s fault while others just happen. The most important thing is that a person tries to remain neutral and objective, no matter the situation.
The Board Game
The Land of Luck game is based on the movie and contains many of the same lessons. Players must remain alert as they bid for different cards. Each card is linked to a spot on the board and the object of the game is to get four spots in a row. Whoever has the right combination of skill and luck is bound to win.
“Luck” is making a name for itself as more and more families stream it on Apple TV+. Kids from all walks of life can learn something from this new world, whether it’s the good side or the bad side. Keep Reading our blog.
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