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Onward review – Pixar conjures big-screen adventure with wizard quest story - MW

Perhaps impatient, like all of us, for the next revival or breakthrough of the animation studio Pixar / Disney, the commentators are a little too much on this new film. Onward is really great entertainment with sweet moments, although its real novelty may be the fleeting revelation that a character is gay (a traffic police name) is Specter, voiced by Lena Waithe, speaking of the daughter of her girlfriend).

Context is an alternate reality everywhere in the United States where magic exists, as well as creatures of different shapes, but all of them have long since been replaced by effective and popular magic of technology. Ian (voiced by Tom Holland) and his brother Barley (Chris Pratt) are adolescent goblins whose father died as a child, currently raised by their mother, Laurel (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). On Ian's 16th birthday, Laurel gave him a gift that his late father had given him - a magician, who gave Ian the magic power that could revive his father. But a chaotic accident means they've lost the mysterious gem at the top of the staff, and the brothers have to go on a standard dubious supernatural adventure to return.

It's a bit witty and fun, and a few sweet moments, although the attitude towards death isn't as strong as in Pixar / Disney's Coco 2017. And, harmless as we can point out, Edward's simple debt to Harry Potter is sometimes a bit obvious. However, it's a pretty family comedy that finds an easy pace effortlessly.

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