During the rise of fascism in Mussolini's Italy, a wooden boy brought magically to life struggles to live up to his father's expectations.
Runtime: 120 minutes
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Stars: Gregory Mann, David Bradley, Ewan McGregor, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman, Finn Wolfhard, Tim Blake Nelson, John Turturro, Burn Gorman
Director: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson
francescastrack - 10 January 2023 Oh the letdown As a lover of Guillermo del Toro, and all things dark, I was really looking forward to his adaptation of one of my favorite fables; however, I was a bit let down. The story of Pinocchio, as most old children's fables are, is already quite dark and depressing, so I was expecting even more here. While I did love some of the added creep factor, It didn't do enough to make up for the elements that were lacking. I enjoyed the backstory (although there were a few holes), the Tim Burton-esque stop motion, and the voice actors. I hated the songs, Pinocchio was annoying, and the story really dragged throughout most of the movie.
mumzzen - 6 January 2023 Let's throw in awful and obvious autotune song and make it a musical anyway! The title for my review says it all...the songs weren't cute...they weren't needed for the plot and the obvious autotune hurt my ears to the point where I had to turn off the audio whenever there was a "song". Oh and the voice actors doesn't really do that much of a good job. They just use their natural voice? Yes they speak and change their tone in the terms of showing emotions with their voice, but it's still just their natural voice when they could have made some new and interesting voices for their characters! At least that's what I think of when I hear "voice acting" and animation/cartoons. The pace is also all over the place as there is a alot of things/sub plots going that doesn't have to be there for the mainplot and of course we don't get any explaination for some of the of the characters/creatures. They are just there. And you are supposed to accept that.
You are also supposed to accept that Pinocchio doesn't know how anything works and then the next day he knows how to open doors and he knows what a bed is and what "good night" means....
But the worst part of was definately the fact that the voice actors don't make up voices anymore for their characters? Is that not a thing anymore? Have I missed something about animation and cartoons today!? The only "voice actor" who ctually did a great job was Kate Blanchett being that annoying monkey. Would have never guessed it was her if I hadn't skipped through the "making of" documentary. But yeah to say that I am disappointed by this would be an understatement. It didn't have to be an awful musical, trying to be directed towards children and failing at both being for children and/or grown ups. This could have been more like Pan's Labyrinth and darker and less cheerful and "Disney-Musically"?? And it didn't have to be this confusing and yet so empty...It's Guillermo Del Toro! What happened!? Suddenly he doesn't know who he wants as his audience?? I truly expected this to NOT be like a Disney musical wannabe, but this is what we got. An annoying, confusing, blend of autotune with (nearly) none existent voice talent. We all know you can do better than this Del Toro! Try again!