This version of the story we all know is really Guillermo del Toro’s own vision, the animation and voice casting excels, but it still suffers from trying to make an old story a new experience!!!
3.5 Cricket Splats
What I Like:
-The stop motion animation is wonderful, you do see it as a Guillermo del Toro’s creation, and I do appreciate the vision he is trying to show here
-The voice casting was great too, especially David Bradley as Geppetto, Ewan McGregor as Sebastian J. Cricket, Christoph Waltz as Count Volpe, and Ron Perlman as Podesta, they really bring out their character and intensity in this film
The So So:
-Del Toro did take some liberties with the story and characterization with this film, and without giving too much away, but I like the setting during Fascist Italy which brings up the intensity, and the realism in the characterization of Geppetto which makes it more real than before, but there were other liberties that I don’t quite like, and it does make a fine line between what is real and what is fantasy, and for a Pinocchio movie, it doesn’t quite make sense
What I Didn’t Like:
-I already said it before about the liberties that del Toro took for the story of Pinocchio, but in the end, it is still the same old story, and just adding more animation magic and different things really doesn’t make it that original, they can try, but you either keep the spirit of the story, or change it completely
I liked the animation and voice casting which really makes it into something special. With all that said, the difference that Guillermo del Toro has made can be a toss up. You may like for better characterization, but does it stay with the spirit of the story. That is for you all to decide. For me, maybe I enjoyed more of the Disney story, but maybe fans of the original story could appreciate it a little more. Regardless, it is a good watch!!!
3.5 Cricket Splats
(Sidenote: Spirited – They really took a completely different approach on the old story of A Christmas Carol. With this musical, you get Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds in a today’s version of the old tale. As far as the music goes, I wasn’t quite feeling it, it just felt too out of line. However, the story they took is a little more interesting to see. With all that said, I believe the twisted telling of a classic story can be amusing enough even though it doesn’t quite make that much sense!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Good Afternoons)
(Sidenote: Bodies Bodies Bodies – This is probably the most Gen Z movie I have seen. For me it was annoying, but for the younger people it may be relatable, I think. It is a “Who Done It?” type of mystery with the Gen Z twist which me personally didn’t really quite enjoy. At times it seem stupid to me, and other times it was amusing, but sometimes not for its intended reasoning. Bottomline, it is quite the spectacle, but for the wrong reasons!!!
Real Rating: 2.5 Arguments)