Luca is the latest Pixar film to land on Disney Plus, and it is an absolute blast! Set in the Italian Riviera, it tells the story of friends Luca Paguro and Alberto Scorfano as they navigate a world of humans and sea monsters. But one of the elements that distinguishes Luca from the other Pixar greats is its soundtrack.
The score was composed by Dan Romer, a relative newcomer in the world of film music. Some of Romer’s most prominent works include two products for innovative director Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild and Wendy. Romer was also supposed to write the score for the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die, but the reins were passed to composing veteran Hans Zimmer. Likewise, legend Ennio Morricone was originally set to write the score for Luca, but Romer took over the project after Morricone’s untimely death.
In the end, Romer’s score for Luca is very upbeat and is very Italian. The instrumentation does not involve many brass elements (as compared to films like Toy Story or Star Wars), and the use of accordions and guitars helps to establish the film’s Riviera setting. The film also shows great use of popular Italian songs; these non-score elements truly captivate the Italian spirit. Luca’s director, Enrico Casarosa, previously directed the Pixar short film La Luna in 2011, and Michael Giacchino’s score for that film pairs nicely with Romer’s tunes in Luca.
I really enjoy the track “Meet Luca”, which opens the film and establishes the main theme that is weaved into Romer’s entire soundtrack. The theme sounds very similar to Mychael Danna’s intro to the Onward score (which is a great thing), and both themes are instantly catchy. As with many Pixar movies, the Luca soundtrack is great to listen to while working or studying.
All in all, I loved the Luca soundtrack. There are a few tunes that will stick with me for years to come, and the entire album truly helps to carry the jovial nature of the film.
RATING – 4.5 out of 5
Top Tracks: “Meet Luca”, “Take Me, Gravity”, “Buonanotte, Boys”
Corban has been a lifelong fan of The Walt Disney Company. Disney music is often the soundtrack of his life, and he loves listening to a new film score. In between reruns of The Mandalorian, you can often find him planning his next trip to the Disney Parks or rewatching classic Disney TV shows.