Disney’s remake of Pinocchio is the first of two remakes to come out this year. This leaves you asking, why did this even get made?
It’s 2022. If you don’t know the story of Pinocchio, where have you been for the last 80 years?! Plus, not all “live action” remakes by Disney have been received positively. This is probably why Disney chose to go straight to streaming for this one.
However, this movie is not exactly bad, but it’s also not amazing, and will most likely be forgotten sooner than later. Director Robert Zemeckis tried his bast to bring this classic into te modern day age. But if we put the modernization of the story aside, the scenes in the first half dragged on far too long, which is the opposite of the second half. It felt like they lost track of time in the editing room, and they were trying to cram in everything.
Now let’s talk about the other details. The only “hints” of modernization in the set design was the weird placements of the Pixar and Disney characters out of nowhere. It just felt off. Plus, dear Disney, how can you categorize a movie as “musical” with barely 10 minutes of “musical performances” in a movie of almost two hours?
In stark contrast, I loved how they changed the plot to let Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) accept himself as he is without the need to change into a “real boy” because he’s real and perfect the way he is. It’s always a pleasure seeing Tom Hanks, but if I’m being honest, the movie didn’t allow him to shine.
Should you watch it?
Pinocchio is enjoyable, even if it’s not one of the best remakes by Disney recently. You will enjoy the updated story and Tom Hanks as Geppetto, but you’ll also be left wondering why Disney bothered to invest in this.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Pinocchio exclusively on Disney Plus.