Saturday, April 4, 2020

Onward Movie Review

Yesterday, Disney Pixar's Onward officially joined the Disney+ family.  I've really been wanting to see it, but with everything happening, Eliot and I weren't able to see it in theaters before they all closed.  I was so excited when I found out that Disney was bringing it directly to Disney+ early!  It's so generous of Disney to bring it to their streaming service early when it was only released in theaters on March 6th!

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Eliot and I made plans to watch Onward together last night after he came home from work.  We figured it would be our Friday night plans- pizza and a movie.  However, when Eliot woke up with a massive headache, those plans changed a little.  (He was in a lot of pain and he'd had a headache since Wednesday night.)  Instead, Eliot emailed his boss and told him that he was staying home.  Then, he took some more Tylenol and went back to bed.  We ended up being lazy and sleeping in until past noon.

Once we were well rested, we decided it was time to get up and start our day.  Eliot still wasn't feeling great, but he was doing a little better.  Instead of waiting until late in the day, we decided to watch Onward while eating our "breakfast"!  So around 2:00 in the afternoon, we finally sat down with our Eggo waffles and started on our Onward quest.

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The movie was mostly what I expected it to be plot wise.  However, Onward was way better than I was expecting.  The previews didn't do it any favors.  It's not going to be one of my all time favorites, but I really did enjoy it.  Pixar is king of storytelling and I swear that I cry during every single one of their movies.  They really know how to bring the viewer into the story so that they connect with the characters on an emotional level.

The animation was superb, as always, but it didn't stand out to me as much as other movies with more complex surroundings like the city of the dead in Coco.  I also didn't notice as many of the small details like I did in Finding Dory or Toy Story but I think part of that was experiencing it on our television at home versus in a theater.  We have a large television, but it's still not big enough to completely surround you in the world.

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The best part of the movie was the characters.  Like I said, you really got connected to them on an emotional level.  I found myself wanting Ian and Barley to see their Dad and get to talk to him more than anything and I really didn't know how the movie would end until it was happening.  It was refreshing to not know how the plot would finish.  I won't spoil it, but I did like the ending- even though it made me shed a few tears.

Overall, I really enjoyed Onward and I'm sure we'll be watching it again in the next few days.  If you have Disney+, be sure to watch and let me know what you think!  And a very big thank you to everyone at Pixar and Disney+ who brought it to us early!  °o°

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