September 30, 2022
Disney's Pinocchio (2022)

While Disney’s Pinocchio undoubtedly has flaws that have warranted its lukewarm reception we can’t forget that a film like this isn’t made for a critiquing adult.

As a child, Pinocchio was one of my favorite animated movies. Its simple story of choosing right or wrong was beautiful, enchanting, and utterly memorable. For children of this generation, there is no doubt that the live-action Pinocchio will grab their attention and never let go.

The movie is simply gorgeous, bringing to life a film that is as magical as its most famous song, “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Each frame is filled with wonder and splendor. With some shots leaving me baffled by their beauty. Its creative choice to add Jaquita Ta’le to the film as a fine new addition, the disabled young puppeteer, Sabina, who has a truly adorable black marionette to befriend Pinocchio was a nice touch. As a young black girl, I know for a fact she would’ve been my favorite character in the movie.

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(L-R): Pinocchio (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), Tom Hanks as Geppetto, and Figaro in Disney’s live-action PINOCCHIO, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

DISTURBING MOMENTS

And just like any good Disney movie, this story is handled with no lack of disturbing moments. Pinocchio has quite a tumultuous adventure in just a day. And is all the more traumatic in this live-action iteration. Bad guys with bad intentions are even scarier and the choice between right and wrong feels far more blatant.

While this film undoubtedly has flaws that have warranted its lukewarm reception we can’t forget that a film like this isn’t made for a critiquing adult. It’s made for a starry-eyed child who still believes in the fantastical. And fantastical is what the story is.

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Pinocchio (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) in Disney’s live-action PINOCCHIO, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Disney’s Pinocchio (2022) is streaming on Disney Plus now.

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