Stray unicorns, police centaurs, a biker gang full of pixies, what’s not to love? The answer is… very little. Onward takes the adventure genre, adds in all the tropes of a Dungeons and Dragons quest, and douses it with some truly heart-warming story-telling to create one of the most innovative Pixar films yet.
This is the kind of film that makes writers jealous. There are so many ideas realised in such inventive and creative ways that makes a wonder ask “why didn’t I think of that?”, “could I ever do something like that?” or “what’s the point in writing if writers that good exist?”.
Unfortunately, due to the awkward timing of Onward – being released just as lockdown measures were announced world-wide, it hasn’t fully reached the huge audience that it deserves in the UK, but Disney Plus has added it to its slate of US films, and I truly hope that the UK follow suit as soon as pre-existing licensing deals expire, as it’s a real treat of a movie.
It touches on transitioning to adulthood, dealing with loss, and other important issues, but through the form of elves, dragons and all sorts of magical and mystical characters.
Like most Pixar animations, it is filled to the brim with recognisable voices including Tom Holland (Spiderman: Homecoming) Chris Pratt (Pretty much everything these days), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP, Seinfeld) and Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures), to name but a few.
If You Liked This Film, You Might Like: How To Train Your Dragon (2010), Abominable (2019)
Joe Blogs Film Rating: 5/5