Verdict: Onward will take on you a fantastic, emotional journey.
The year 2020 will mark the 25th anniversary for Pixar’s first feature film that has become a global phenomenon since. Yes, we’re talking about Toy Story. Since then, Pixar has gone on to make some of the best-animated movies that include Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Inside Out, and Cars to name a few. We can certainly say that Pixar’s magic has not run out yet, cause Onward finds a way to enchant you and leave you astounded.
What’s Onward About:
Once upon a time, the world was full of magic but it was difficult to master so people found simpler ways to get by. Basically, technology took over and the magic faded away. In this disenchanted world, we meet a timid, sweet, and innocent elf named Ian Lightfoot (Tom Holland) and his goofy, history-loving, and carefree brother Barley (Chris Pratt). Their father has passed away before Ian was born and when Barley was little. On Ian’s 16th birthday, their mom (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) hands them a present their father had left for them. The present is a magic staff along with a spell that would bring their dad back for 24 hours. However, when Ian tries the spell, something goes wrong and only the lower half of their dad is conjured back to life. The rest of the film follows Ian and Barley on an adventure to find a magical stone that will help complete the spell so that they can spend some precious time with their dad.
The world that Onward has set up in is disenchanted and it’s highly amusing to watch Unicorns paw through the trash cans for food, a pet dragon who sleeps in a kennel and everyone drives cars and uses cell phones. Tom Holland voices Ian Lightfoot who is scared of everything and lacks courage and boldness. As Ian embarks on this adventure, his desire to meet his father makes him lower his inhibitions, as he steps boldly into the unknown. Barley, on the other hand, is a bold and goofy elf who is obsessed with the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. While he’s unafraid he still has a soft side to him which is adorable. Chris Pratt does an incredible job of playing out Barley’s personality perfectly. Ian and Barley’s brotherly relationship is heart-warming and it could trigger some tears.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The plot is a little predictable but the film does an excellent job of keeping you hooked to the story through the magical visuals and interesting characters.
Why You Should Watch:
Onward will certainly take you upward as it will lift your spirits and enchant you with its story and characters. It’s a movie that will make you laugh and cry. Plus, in a classic Pixar fashion, it can be enjoyed by both children and adults.