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ONWARD
DIRECTED BY DAN SCANLON
 

“Onward” is Pixar’s latest animated emotional rollercoaster that tugs at the heart strings of its viewers.  It’s the story of a magical world  that overtime has succumb to the convenience of technology. Magic no longer has a role in Onward’s current society and has been all but forgotten by its citizens.  However, when Ian (Tom Holland), the films protagonist finds a magical staff left by his deceased father, we’re  taken on a magical quest.  Ian and his brother Barley (Chris Pratt) sought out to bring their father back for a whole day by obtaining a magical gem.

Like 99% of Pixar movies this film once again did not dissapoint.  It’s not the best Pixar story, but it holds its own among the many animated hits.  Dan Scanlon who previously directed hits like Monsters University and The Incredibles, takes personal experiences from his own childhood and death of his father to tell a sad but heart warming story.  The film is reflective to Scanlon’s own experiences between him and his older brother. In this film, the brothers we follow are voiced by Marvel super Heroes, Tom Holland and Chris Pratt.  A strong chemistry between the two carry the movie along, and is good enough for us to become emotionally invested throughout.  As the movie proceeds, the brothers have a number of situations in which they must learn to work together which becomes a bit repetitive and morally redundant.  However, the films energy and action sequences are enough to hold your attention until the climatic fight sequence just before the end.  

The movie has a very meaningful message and excellent ending.  You really do feel emotional by the movies end.  This is a great family movie to take your kids too.

 
3 out of 4 stars

 


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