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Onward

Published May 5, 2020

Onward

Film info

  • Title Onward
  • Director Dan Scanlon
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Animation
  • Tagline Their quest beginith

Two teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad and embark on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley's epic van Guinevere. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles, and unimaginable discoveries. But, when the boys' fearless mom Laurel realises that her sons are missing, she teams up with The Manticore and heads off to find them. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed.

Live blog

TimeComment
3:23Super quick origin story and we’re back in the room.
4:46“There’s a mighty warrior inside of you, you just have to let him out.”
5:59Will he ever get breakfast?
7:10His household is so exhausting.
10:19“What shall we do this weekend?” “Move to a cooler town?”
15:10The conversation with the tape is heartbreaking.
16:39Accountants can be wizards.
21:06That is so disturbing.
24:03I so need a playlist called Quest Mix.
28:01“He’s a smart kid, he just doesn’t know how quests work.
36:45Well, the mum is the best thing in it.
39:17Splinters.
40:19“Looks like you shrunk me.”
45:27Cars and their sweet spots.
45:54“You’ll never be ready. MERGE!”
54:54The dancing sequence is cute but it doesn’t really make much sense.
1:00:39This screw-up kid actually has some good logic.
1:06:58Well that’s strangely moving.
1:09:04I quite like that unicorns are mean in this.
1:11:43I would a hundred per cent eat the boat.
1:21:46That is one heck of a curse.
1:29:16Jesus Christ, that’s beyond tears sad.
1:32:35Where they’re going, they don’t need roads.

Thoughts

The general consensus for this film is that it’s fine, a perfectly good movie, but not anywhere near Pixar at their best. And I agree with that to a degree. I thought both Chris Pratt and Tom Holland did a great job with lending their voices to this and had good chemistry as brothers trying to work out their relationship.

So yea, it’s an ok movie, there’s nothing really wrong with it, I just didn’t like it. I thought the scenes at the end were just desperately, cripplingly sad, more than the normal ‘Pixar pulling on your heart-strings’ stuff. It left me feeling really depressed, and I don’t think that was the intention.

Rating: 2 / 5

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