Published May 5, 2020


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

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


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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