Good evening! Disney+ Day gave the public new content, including the live action remake of Pinocchio. Is this movie joining the ranks of an already impressive roster or did it leave me feeling disappointed? Keep reading to learn more details.
I assume most viewers have some knowledge about Pinocchio. It’s about a wood carver, named Geppetto, who creates a marionette and wishes for him to become a real boy. Pinocchio becomes a living puppet and goes on a wild adventure to learn about life, morality, choices, and family.
Basically, this film has a mixture of positive and negative elements. On the plus side, some of the characters and CGI is really strong. I thought our titular protagonist was excellent on a visual and narrative level. He looks very much like Pinocchio from the animated movie. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth captures the character’s spirit and personality fabulously with charm and quirkiness. Figaro is super cute and those of you who like cats should be happy because he’s in the movie frequently. Initially, I thought Jiminy Cricket was terrifying because he looks like a real bug. However, I got over that part because he genuinely seems like Jiminy Cricket from the original film in terms of personality, voice acting, and characterization. He serves as Pinocchio’s conscience quite well, which is an important part of the story. Parts of the environment were also impressive on a visual level. The world building was creative and it felt authentic to the animated movie without looking like a cheap background from a video game.
I didn’t mind the live action remake overall, but it has some weird elements. For some reason, I wasn’t thrilled with any of the human characters. In general, everyone is serviceable and fine, but not great. That includes Tom Hanks as Geppetto. It’s hard to explain. I just thought someone else might fit the character better. The script might have been part of the problem because the human characters don’t have a lot of screen time. With that said, it seems like the actors were odd casting choices. I didn’t believe Cynthia Erivo was a very good fit as The Blue Fairy and the film only features her singing voice minimally. Giuseppe Battiston’s version of Stromboli felt like a caricature and Luke Evans was a hundred times better as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast than the Coachman in Pinocchio. Maybe the director didn’t bring out the best elements in these actors. I’ve seen all of them perform significantly better in many films.
Also, some of the visual effects were downright cringeworthy. Pinocchio has good and bad CGI, depending on the scene. For example, I thought Honest John and Gideon looked awful. They’re almost on par with Cats. Do you remember when Cats horrified the world with bad CGI? The filmmakers made strange changes to Monstro as well. I’ll give you a hint. He’s not a sperm whale anymore. You’ll have to watch the movie to learn more about this situation.
Ultimately, I would say Pinocchio is in the middle of the live action remakes. It’s not a bad film, but several releases are much better, including Maleficent, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, etc. I even think Lady and the Tramp was considerably better than Pinocchio. It’s fine as a Disney+ plus viewing. I can tell why Disney didn’t release this movie in theaters. It doesn’t seem like a profitable investment.
There you go! Are you planning to watch Pinocchio on Disney+? If you watched it already, what did you think? Tell me all about it in the comment section. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog. The Summer heat is dreadful over here in LA County, so stay hydrated and find cooling centers when necessary. Take care of yourselves and have a good week!
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