Review: ‘Onward’

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“Onward” is a film about taking magic back and the journey of growth. My overall rating of the film is a 4 out of 5.

It’s an adventure animated film by Disney-Pixar, where Disney incorporated its first diverse narrative with introducing a LGBTQ+ character into it, which caused the film to be banned in certain countries in the Middle East and Russia.

Directed by Dan Scanlan, the film was released nationwide on March 6. It stars Tom Holland as Ian Lightfoot, Chris Pratt as Barley Lightfoot, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Laurel Lightfoot, and Lena Waithe as Officer Spector. 

“Onward” is about two brothers, Ian and Barley, going on a journey after discovering what their father, Wilden, left behind. Throughout their journey, they stumble upon interesting characters, like The Manticore, and two officers, Officer Spector and Officer Gore. They even bump into Pixie dusters, which are fairies and they even fight a dragon. It’s a story in taking back what was lost: magic. 

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I think it was an awesome film filled with an epic adventure and meeting these wonderful characters. It’s nice to watch and go through the adventure with them. I also like the theme of the film, in that magic is real and it’s everywhere in everyone. The only thing that I didn’t like about the film was that there were many cheesy parts, and sometimes it took too long to move on from them and it took the immersion away from the film. 

As I previously mentioned, Disney incorporated its first LGBTQ+ character in this film, which is great because they are part of our community and that Disney is changing its narrative in films by welcoming and embracing diversity. However, this led to a decision that had the film banned in certain countries in the Middle East and Russia, censoring the film by substituting the word “girlfriend” to “partner” because in a particular scene that is referring to two characters that they are a lesbian couple. As I was watching the film, I was looking for a scene that had this film banned and censored, but I couldn’t find any. I had to search for the scene and when after I found it, I didn’t think too much of it because I thought it was natural. But that didn’t deter the film and its overall message.

I highly recommend this film, especially for children. It received a 7.7/10 on IMDb, a 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 61 rating on Metacritic.