Onward is hitting theaters this March, and I’m cautiously excited. Here’s why.
I’m not easy to get excited when it comes to movie releases (I’ve been burned by bad movies before). It takes an objectively good trailer and story to get me hyped for the theatrical release of a movie. They get extra points if I consider going to the theater, which I am, or gets me buying merchandise ahead of its release, which I already have. But, why is it I’m cautiously excited for Onward in particular? Well, quite simply, it interests me as it’s a new animated Disney IP in the decade of Disney remakes and sequels.
For those who are a bit out of touch when it comes to Disney’s current happenings, here’s the lowdown. Onward shows fans what mythical creatures would be like in a modern setting with modern commodities such as TVs, suburbs, radios, lawnmowers, and more.
The actual movie follows elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, as they are given a wizard’s staff after they both were over 16 and learn their father, who was an accountant by day, was also a wizard. Having learned that, they find the staff came with a spell which would bring their father back for a day. After their attempt, which conjured only the bottom half, they have to find more magic. Sadly, magic is a rare commodity in this realm as the ease of machinery outweighs the frustration of learning magic.
I want to be clear, I am a fan of Disney’s movies and many of their ventures and have been for as long as memories began forming in my mind. That said, I am not blinded by Disney’s intrinsic flaws and the fact they’ve made objectively bad movies in the past. But, there’s something about Onward that strikes my fancy, maybe it’s the design being pretty pleasing to look at, maybe it’s the simplicity of the story once you boil down, yet they try to make something new out of it by slapping on coat after coat of paint.
I will say, that is how I – mostly – see it. It’s a coming-of-age journey for two brothers who find magic in the world. It’s a tale as old as film, really. I’ve been extensively buying my fair share of this movie’s merchandise from its Funko pops to clothing when it comes available. Needless to say, I really, really hope this movie pans out to be a good one.
Onward is hitting theaters on March 6, 2020. Are you guys going to go see it in theaters or wait until it comes available over at Disney+?