Basically: An unlucky girl meets a black cat with a lucky penny and together they turn everything upside down.
When it comes to entertainment, the theme of this week is fate versus luck. From Sandman to Bullet Train, from Prey to Luck (the new animated feature from Skydance and Apple TV+) those themes are king. Unlike the others, with so much streaming content arriving so quickly, Luck might not have made it onto your TBW (to be watched) List—but if you’re looking for family fun that will make you bop along to Madonna’s “Lucky Star” while cheering for the newest orphaned heroine, that is exactly as Luck would have it.
Sam Greenfield (Eva Noblezada) has just turned 18 and she’s been unlucky the entire time. Not just unlucky, Sam is a bad luck magnet. She suspects that’s why she never found her “forever home” and she has now aged out of the local orphanage. But Sam has a dear friend she’s leaving behind, a little girl named Hazel (Adelynn Spoon) who still has hopes of finding a family. So when Sam finds a lucky penny she’s excited to give it to her friend to help increase the odds of Hazel’s dream coming true. Bad Luck isn’t having it. Sam loses the penny. Which means she has to find the black cat AKA Bob (Simon Pegg) who dropped it and hope he has another one. He doesn’t but the Land of Luck has adventures and charming character arcs waiting for them.
I like Luck. It’s soft and fluffy and cozy with a wink of attitude and a sassy sense of humor. Yet it also speaks to the importance of balance, perseverance, and ingenuity; as all good fairytales must. The animation is dreamy, almost candy-coated, while the characters and the world have a tangibility that makes you keen to cuddle up and share this streaming feature with every generation of your family.
And that’s all I have to say about that (she wrote with a smile).
In the End: Sprinkle a little luck dust onto your weekend.