Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on a journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when the boys’ fearless mom Laurel realizes her sons are missing, she teams up with the legendary winged-lion-scorpion former warrior — aka The Manticore — and heads off to find them. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed.
Director: Dan Scanlon
Cast: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Review: The biggest problem with Pixar movies is the high bar they’ve set for themselves. Every time a new Pixar film arrives on the scene, it must be compared to the studios highest achievements, and while the studio should endeavor to keep meeting a high level of quality, the “How does it rank?” question can sometimes miss when the studio releases a film that’s just sweet and lovely and funny even if it doesn’t reach the dizzying highs of an Inside Out or Toy Story 2. Once you leave aside questions of how Dan Scanlon‘s Onward stands alongside other Pixar movies, you’ll be left with the kind of magical and emotional buddy picture that is simply the studio’s brand at this point. With an imaginative setting and an endearing duo at its center, Onward is a lovely tale about overcoming fear and the unique bond between brothers.
Verdict: Worth the Popcorn