Disney and Pixar always have a way of making films that are hilarious, heartwarming, and above all us tearjerkers! The latest installment to their family of CGI films, “Onward,” is no less amazing or emotional! It’s a coming of age story that transforms one brother and still closure, for another.
The story is set in a fictional world technology has taken the place of magic. Magic is all but forgotten and out of practice, until two elf brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt) are left a magical staff by their late father on the former’s birthday. The staff possess The Phoenix Crystal, a magical gem that can resurrect a person for a single day. Somehow, the crystal breaks and only revives the lower half of their father. At Barley’s behest--and his love of magic--the two go on a hilarious, but heartwarming “quest” to find another Phoenix Crystal to fully revive their father before their day with him runs out. There are pixies, booby traps, a manticore (a mythical beast typically depicted as having the body of a lion, the face of a man, and the sting of a scorpion.), a centaur stepfather, and even a dragon; but through it all there’s brotherhood. We love it!
“Onward” is definitely a film for the entire family. However, it addresses the loss of a parent and closure, two issues seldom discussed so thoroughly in a film targeting children. There is not a single moment of the film you will not enjoy with characters so layered and sweet you will probably love them for the rest of your life. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt really prove they can do it all--be superheroes (Spider-Man and Star-Lord), save the world, and even do voice acting! You just be sure to catch “Onward” in a theater near you today, and nationwide!