Onward (2020)

dir. Dan Scanlon. For a movie with such a fantastical setting, this is one truly dull film. The overall fantasy setting has an unbearably generic feeling. Possibly the most egregious example of Pixar star casting — Tom Holland and Chris Pratt are tedious and bland. It tries to be a comedy, but is painfully unfunny. It’s interesting that the strongest moments of the film have no dialogue. The movie tries some interesting things at the end, but there is no emotional foundation to build on, so it’s wasted. Interesting use of rock music early on, that is quickly dropped, replaced with a dull orchestral score. Some very weird musical choices in the climax scenes. Unforgivable waste of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s talents. 

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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