Review: Onward

If you need something to do during self-quarantine, I would watch the film “Onward.”  In my opinion, “Onward” is by far one of the best movies that Disney and Pixar have produced. “Onward” is about two elf brothers named Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt). Ian is a shy elf who wants to be outgoing like his father. Ian never met his father because his father died before he was born, but Barley has some memories of their father. On Ian’s 16th birthday, their mom, Laurel, (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) gives him a gift their dad left them. The gift comes with a note that has a spell that would bring their father back for 24 hours. To get the staff to work properly, the brothers need to get a new phoenix gem before it is too late. “Onward” is enjoyable for all ages. Barley and Ian are very relatable because they fight, laugh and have fun with one another. One thing I loved about Onward was how the story was very clear and easy to follow.  

One of my favorite characters is Barley. He is so outgoing, and he isn’t afraid to let his freak flag fly. A strong Barley moment was when Ian shrunk him with a spell that went wrong. That is when the writers really gave Barley the funniest lines and jokes. In my opinion, Tom Holland did a fantastic job voicing the character Ian. He made Ian relatable by putting attitude in his voice. In the middle of the movie, there is a point where Ian yells at Barley and Holland did a fantastic job putting actual anger in his voice which made Ian really stand out. 

“Onward” is a delightful and lively movie to watch. There was not one thing that I hated about it. If you watch “Onward,” you will fall in love. If you are a big fan of Disney or Pixar or just really want a funny movie to help you get your mind off of COVID-19, I would highly suggest watching this movie.