When a new Pixar film arrives on the scene, most people know what they’re in for. Ever since the first Toy Story was released back in 1995, the animation giant has been well known for crafting emotionally heavy films for children and adults alike. So with their latest effort – Dan Scanlon’s Onward – the bar has been set rather high and, thankfully, is mostly reached.

Watching the movie with the hopes that it will be as emotive as the other pictures in Pixar’s filmography will probably result in disappointment for viewers, as Onward is nowhere near as powerful as certain films that came before it. That does not mean it isn’t an emotionally rewarding experience. The emotional connection between the brothers and their deceased father is handled beautifully and the story arc’s conclusion in the third act is another example of the company’s brilliant storytelling.

Something else that you come to expect out of these films is great animation, and gratefully, Onward is another great showreel piece from the brilliant animators at Pixar. It looks great, even if the cartoon characters don’t always match with the photorealistic backgrounds.

As a whole, this is yet another win for the studio, with a film that has a great sense of fun and adventure at its core. Families, especially young children, are going to adore this journey.

Onward may not be the most emotionally riveting Pixar film to date, especially when compared to the studio’s previous efforts, but it’s still a highly entertaining trip.



CAST: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Kyle Bornheimer, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong, Grey Griffin, Tracey Ullman

DIRECTOR: Dan Scanlon

WRITERS: Dan Scanlon, Jason Headley, Keith Bunin

SYNOPSIS: Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on a journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.

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