Review Round Up: Onward

We round up the reviews for Pixar’s latest release featuring the voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland.

The Guardian: *** “There’s a fair bit of wit and fun, and some tender moments, although the attitude towards death isn’t nearly as radically powerful as it was in the 2017 Pixar/Disney classic Coco.”  

The New York Times: “Given the movie’s nostalgia for bygone eras and analog game-playing, “Onward” might have shown more nerve if it had been a rare foray from Pixar into hand-drawn animation. As it is, the film is a brightly rendered, sentimental ode to adolescence that hits all the right emotional buttons, even as it risks being forgotten itself.”

The Independent: **** “It’s impressive that a world as self-consciously silly as the one in Onward, with its rows of mushroom houses plagued by trash-scavenging unicorns, can still support meaningful, often painful conversations about loss.”

Consequence of Sound: “Again, texturally sound, but never anything but predictably designed. And perhaps the story, and the characters, are what fails to enchant.”

The Telegraph: **** “Onward may be middle-of-the-pack Pixar but it’s still a real pleasure – a fantasy quest story, flagging incorrigibly how they all work, set in a magic kingdom where the magic has died.”

Empire: ***** “in every way, it’s pure, perfect Pixar — a film with such warmth, whip-smart humour and creative energy that it’s a sheer joy to spend a few hours in its presence.” “Death is natural, and loss comes to us all. We know that, and we can explain it, and the older we get, the more we accept that it’s just a fact of life. But a movie like Onward gives us a moment to pause, to sit with our feelings, and then to feel some hope for the future.”

The Times: **** “Bottom line, you will cry. It’s a given. I saw this at a packed early-morning screening at the 1,600-seater Potsdamer Platz Palast cinema in Berlin during the city’s film festival and, as the movie ended, the vast chamber was filled with a cacophony of snotty snuffles and heartbroken handkerchief honking, mixed with a handful of audible sobs.”

Onward is out in cinemas now.

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