• Gareth Crook

Onward (2020)

So the final film of the year is another Pixar outing. I don’t think there’s any that I’ve missed now, but this one slipped by at the beginning of the year. Time was when this wouldn’t have happened, I’d be dragged to the cinema with the kids on opening weekend. The kids are growing up though and the cinemas are closed. We’re in a world of mythical creatures including Ian (Tom Holland) who’s a elf (not the Christmas kind). He’s turning 16, missing his dad who’s passed away. Generally dealing with the stresses of being a teenager, being awkward, be embarrassed by his older brother Barley (Chris Pratt). Barley believes in a magic that over time has been forgotten. Their dad believed though and now both kids are 16, left a way for him to return for a single day. Things get off to a bad start when they only manage to bring back his legs and have to set off on a quest for another gemstone to finish the job. I don’t really do fairytale stuff, but this works... just about. It’s pretty straight up adventure stuff with plenty of laughs and the usual journey of self discovery. It looks great, the lighting is lovely and it makes full use of the fantasy theme by dialling the colours all the way up. I’m not sure I’d want to watch it again, but it had me laughing and blubbering in all the right places.

6/10