ONWARD (2020) Review
Directed by Dan Scanlon
Pixar has been giving us epic adventure films from Up, the Toy Story franchise, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and so on, and the adventures aren’t just visually but also emotionally. That’s why expecting something more than its impressive visuals would not be the first and last for a Pixar film. But it’s okay because Onward delivered in both the visuals and the emotional depth.
This is what I can call the perfect film for the family. Not just because it’s highly entertaining, but also because of the lessons the film tell us as the story progresses. It’s not just about the relationship of a father to his sons, but also about being a grown up, making decisions for you and for the ones you love, and the love you accept and overlook.
It still follows a familiar formula of a family adventure movie but the execution made it feel fresh. Even the monsters in the film look a bit like the ones in Pixar’s popular movie Monsters, Inc., but the setting is different.
I had a great time in the cinema. The film manages to still have surprises, visually and emotionally. And the adventure is as grand as it is fun. I found myself on the edge of my seat at times, and the other smiling and laughing, in awe of the wonders the film presented at me. And of course, watching the film on the big IMAX screen is a plus!
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
Disney Pixar’s ‘Onward’ is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Walt Disney Studios. Also available in 4D and IMAX. Rated G by the MTRCB.