STREAMER REVIEW: Onward is plenty fun, but lacks pedigree of Pixar greats

Now streaming on Disney+ is the latest Pixar entry, a story of brothers gifted with one day only to meet their deceased father.

Onward follows the elven Lightfoot brothers Ian and Barley, who now live in a world where magic has given way to technology. What used to be fantastical is now shrouded behind cell phones and apps.

However, when they receive a staff and produce a spell that will bring their father back for a day, things go horribly wrong and they must go on a quest to fix it.

Chris Pratt and Tom Holland are perfectly cast together, and the voice acting is absolutely top notch. They play off each other perfectly in this hilarious little gem.

The other standout is Octavia Spencer as a Manticore who used to be known for her combat prowess. However, she now runs a restaurant. The layered character — and a huge win for LGBTQ+ representation in children’s film — was a scene-stealer.

Onward is a hugely fun and engrossing adventure movie, but it’s not as tight as it could be. It drags at points, and one thing it is missing is the cyclical, themed nature of Pixar films.

The way Up, Wall-E and other core films made you cry, laugh and learn about yourselves in a very real, mature way will be missing in Onward.

Though you’ll shed tears and leave the theatre happy, a Pixar classic this is not. Though not essential in the Pixar lexicon, it’s a journey worth taking nonetheless.

3.5/5 Stars

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