Onward (2020) [Updated]

3.5/5 Decent, family-safe Pixar movie. Adults won’t be bored.

Vitals

Release Date: 6 March 2020 (USA)
Studio: Pixar
Director: Dan Scanlon
Writer: Dan Scanlon, Keith Bunin
Official Site: https://movies.disney.com/onward
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1h 42min
Starring: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Base Score: 3.5 (Decent)

Review

Every time I see a new Pixar movie, I’m chasing the dragon. Will it be as good as Toy Story? Will it be as good as Monsters, Inc.?

Then there’s the flip side. Will it be as bad as the Cars franchise?

I go to every new Pixar movie with at least moderate expectations. The unicorns as garbage pandas was a funny twist.

The movie was… decent. It had its’ moments. It had some cool moments. It had some cool ideas. It wanted so much to be a real movie.

And then it wasn’t. I feel bad for the studio. I know the thousands of man hours that go into a Pixar film.

I can’t exactly put my finger on why the movie isn’t a bigger deal. I guess it’s something you have to feel.

I wasn’t feeling it.

Modifiers

Is it worth 3D, IMAX, or any other special viewing? No. It doesn’t even have cool visuals that would warrant a 3D showing.

Would I see it again? No, I wouldn’t. I’ve seen the plot. I know what happens. I don’t need to see it again.

Should I rent it? Buy it? Yes, it would be a good movie to rent. Save your theater bux. Get it at Redbox. Buy it if your children like it and want to watch it on repeat.

Is it family safe? Yes, this is family safe. There is “magic” and “mythical creatures” aplenty. Some parents may have a problem with that. If your kids were allowed to watch Harry Potter, they can watch this. I don’t even know why it was rated PG. Maybe there was some light language I missed.

Did it have “the look?” It looked cool in parts, but overall, it was just another Pixar film.

Did it have “the feels?” I didn’t have a single “triumphant” feeling.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5 Decent, family-safe Pixar movie. Adults won’t be bored.

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