Onward – Film Review
by Fran Winston
Directed by: Dan Scanlon
Starring the voices of: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer
In cinemas March 6th
The Disney Pixar collaboration has been responsible for so many wonderful animated franchises that it must surely take a brave team to work on a new offering for the studio. No pressure, like! This is set in a fantasy world filled with magical creatures who, well, don’t actually have any magic. But they used to, it just got lost somewhere along the way. Two teenage elf brothers, Ian (Holland) and Barley (Pratt) are gifted a wizard’s staff from their father who died before Ian was born and while Barley was quite young. It comes with instructions that could bring him back to life for one full day. Unfortunately, the spell goes awry and only his lower half materialises so the pair must go on a road trip to find an enchanted stone which can help them complete the ritual and fully restore their father.
Like all Disney Pixar offerings, this has lots of underlying life lessons and themes running throughout. And also like all their offerings, it doesn’t shove them down your throat to detract from the enjoyment of the movie. The importance of friendship and family, believing in yourself and dealing with grief are all explored here but in a sensitive way.
The animation is beautiful. Yet again the studio has created a magical and believable world. However, unlike many of their other offerings, this is unlikely to spawn masses of merchandise which will no doubt cause many parents (and their pockets) to breathe a sigh of relief.
This obviously has some big shoes to fill and it is no Toy Story or Cars but it is a really sweet, funny and heart-warming movie that will entertain all the family and leave them with the warm fuzzies.