Film Review: Onward

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Two elven brothers embark on a quest to bring their father back for one day. (IMDb)

Disney Pixar films are one of my guilty pleasures so when I came across Onward on Disney+ I decided to give it a go not really knowing what to expect as I had not seen the trailer for it.

Onward is a family fantasy adventure animation film written by Dan Scanlon (who also directs the film), Keith Bunin and Jason Headley.

Disney Pixar films are usually quote easy watching films where the characters go on adventure. Onward is pretty much the same however is it quite unique in the sense that it doesn’t use the typical evil stepparent storyline.

Onward really shows the value in having good relationships with your siblings and how the bond between siblings can be tested at different times.

I really think Onward demonstrates how people process grief and the different feelings and emotions they go through after a relative pass away.

Something I really enjoyed was the chemistry between the characters who were voiced by Tom Holland, Chris Pratt and Julia Louis-Dreyfus among others. In animation films I think the chemistry can be lost in amongst the action and development of the storyline. However, this was not the case which I think contributes to how well the message of Onward is put across to the audience.

The Dungeon and Dragons references in Onward were a little lost on me as that isn’t my thing however if you are into that kind of thing, I am sure you will enjoy spotting them as much of the film is actually inspired by the game.

All in all, I think Onward is a great original family film and is definitely a step above older animated films both in the quality of the animation but also the storyline.

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