The Reviews Are In For Pixar's Emotional New Film 'Onward' So Get Ready For Big Old Cry
Pixar's latest movie Onward is just around the corner, but many critics have already had their first taste of the studio's magical new adventure. The verdict is in, and most found the movie to be absolutely delightful – save for a few snags here and there.
Onward follows elf brothers Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt), who embark on a life-changing journey to prove to themselves that there's still magic left in the world. They've also got an, uh, problem they need to take care of involving their late father. When the pair bring back their father to life for just one day (a gift he left them with upon his passing), they realize they may have gone about it all wrong, because, well, only parts of him return.
It's definitely a very different take on the type of story we can typically expect from Pixar, but it appears those who have already seen the movie came out of it with an appreciation for its unique approach.
Rotten Tomatoes' Ashley Menzel called the film a "welcome departure" from Pixar's usual fare.
#Onward leads us on a quest to discover the power of brotherhood & the joy in the magical. Barley & Ian's chemistry wins over our hearts. A welcome departure from Pixar's usual fare, it is more emotional than I anticipated & the enchanting trick up Pixar's sleeve we didn't expect pic.twitter.com/BRCU9wgTPE
— Ashley Menzel (@AshleyGMenzel) February 19, 2020
Insider critic Kirsten Acuna noted that the story "wasn't Pixar's best," but it does have a story that will "resonate with many."
#Onward’s not my favorite Pixar movie, nor is it the studio’s best, but it is a story that will resonate with many. Definitely some laughs and a good time all around. If you’re a fan of RPGs, this one’s for you.
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) February 19, 2020
SEN Live creator Kristian Harloff thought the film "had that Pixar magic, pun intended."
Thought #Onward had that Pixar magic. Pun intended. I was hoping for a few more laughs but it delivered on the emotional levels. Relationship between @prattprattpratt and @TomHolland1996 is why you go and @octaviaspencer is why you stay. You can feel how personal this story is. pic.twitter.com/9kgarhhZst
— Kristian Harloff (@KristianHarloff) February 19, 2020
GameSpot's Chris E. Hayner praised the film as a "very emotional experience."
I loved #Onward. It’s going to be something so many people can find something to take away from it. If you’ve been through the loss of a parent, though, be ready for a very emotional experience.
— Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) February 19, 2020
Collider's Steven Weintraub called it a "surprise to no one" that Pixar has delivered "yet another great film."
In a surprise to no one @Pixar has delivered yet another great film with #onward. 3rd act brought some tears. Congrats to @MrDanScanlon and everyone that worked on the film. Absolutely recommended. pic.twitter.com/lx45NUdtsY
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) February 19, 2020
Mashable's Alison Foreman lamented there wasn't enough time with the trash unicorns, but otherwise the film was "weird and wonderful."
Onward is weird and ✨wonderful✨ Consistently surprising, appropriately sweet, occasionally profound, perfectly Pixar.
— Alison Foreman (@alfaforeman) February 19, 2020
Gizmodo's Germain Lussier wasn't as enamored with the film, but noted it does "pack a huge emotional wallop."
If you’re sensing Onward isn’t quite up to the Pixar standard, you’re right. It’s beautiful & packs a huge emotional wallop but for the most part is a standard road trip adventure story that gets boosted by an excellent ending. It’s good, not great & that’s a letdown for Pixar. pic.twitter.com/zJaFx4LbN0
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) February 19, 2020
Ready to check out Onward for yourself? Gather up your friends and hit the theater on March 6, when the film opens everywhere.
- Brittany Vincent.
Main Image Credit: Pixar
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