Onward (2020)
March 22, 2020 7:11 AM - Subscribe

Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there.
posted by ellieBOA (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Why they didn't leave Dad's lower half with Mom, I'll never understand.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 2:05 PM on March 22, 2020 [3 favorites]

Also the McElroys should have tried to get cameos in this movie instead.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:11 PM on March 23, 2020

Was it any good? I love animation and Tom Holland, but I've read this is just ok. Is there anything great about it?
posted by mediareport at 6:17 PM on March 23, 2020

My six year old loved this, I really enjoyed it. As a father of two boys it was effective in making me cry. It is basically your odd couple road trip as per standard Pixar, but it at least makes a bit of an effort to actually have some active female characters, with the mum having a (much smaller) role to play.

The thing that got me is that the central conceit is that magic is hard work so the world switches to technology instead, but honestly it didn't seem that hard, and was able to accomplish lots of things technology couldn't.
posted by Cannon Fodder at 2:08 AM on March 24, 2020 [2 favorites]

I feel like the movie was trying to say "magic is hard work" but what it really said was "things were better when only a few people had magic instead of everyone having technology"
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 11:15 AM on April 3, 2020 [2 favorites]

As a D&D guy and Disney customer-but-also-cynic, I had a hard time getting past the sense that what I was watching was Disney testing the waters of just how pervasive the current RPG wave is.

I found it enjoyable, but IMO almost everything thematic was laid on way too thick, even by Disney/Pixard standards. The exception was the emotional climax w/r/t Dad—it was so perfectly handled that I actually smiled to myself.

But Disney/Pixar really, really needs to knock it off with the adverb titles. This may the least justifiable of them.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 9:16 AM on April 6, 2020

I felt so weird but I found this unwatchable, and I'll sit through almost anything. The combined feeling of the really-sad kid desperate for his dad and the kind of Weekend at Bernie's half-dad who couldn't hear, see or talk somehow just gutted me. Watching the kid in the early part of the movie try to eat breakfast and have it always be eaten by others or knocked out of his hands, it just felt weirdly traumatic. So I read about the movie later and it seems like it wraps up okay but MAN, this was a really heavy start to it with a kid who seemed like he was getting bullied and ignored and no one helped him!
posted by jessamyn at 5:57 PM on June 26, 2020 [3 favorites]

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