December 22, 2020

Onward movie review - Best Animated movie of 2020 !!!

Best animated movie of 2020
Onward Movie Review

Onward is a 2020 American animated movie produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie stars the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer. Onward was released on March 6, 2020, and it is currently available in Disney plus Hotstar for streaming. Onward is directed by Dan Scanlon, who has previously worked for many of the famous animated projects such as Cars, Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Coco, etc. Dan Scanlon lost his father when he was a year old baby and the main plot of Onward is loosely based on that. And the running time of Onward is around 100 minutes.

The movie is about two brothers Ian Lightfoot and Barley Lightfoot who want to bring back their dead father and spend a day with him. Ian is a lanky timid guy who is scared of everything and on the other hand, Barley is a well-built adventurous guy who isn't scared of anything. In spite of their characteristic difference, both work together to get back their dad.

Onward best animated movie of 2020
Ian and Barley Lightfoot

Long ago, the world was filled with magic but it was not easy to master. Scientific inventions made people's life easy and they slowly started moving away from magic. Eventually magic faded. Fast-forwarding to the current day, Ian turns 16, and his mother hands him a gift from his dad. Ian and Barley are supposed to receive this gift only when both are 16 years old. Brothers uncover the gift and find a magical artifact with a visitation spell in it. The spell is to bring back their dead dad for a day.

Barley who has mastered the Quests of Yore (a game involving immersive role-playing and magic ) tries to cast the spell but nothing works. Later Ian reads out the spell and his dad magically starts appearing from bottom to top. Whilst he is halfway through, Ian loses control over the spell, and the phoenix gem used in the spell bursts into pieces. And that leaves the father only with waist and legs, basically a torso less body. Barley starts connecting the Quests of yore game with the real-life and identifies a place where another phoenix stone can be found. Immediately both the brothers set their journey to Manticores Tavern questing after the phoenix stone.

I tried watching Onward when it was released but somehow I found the blue-faced characters to be disgusting and I couldn't watch it for more than 15 minutes. Lately, I read a few good reviews about this movie and I decided to give it a try again. I just held on to it for the first 20 minutes and guess what? it turned out to be the best animated movie that I watched in 2020.

Since Onward is a collaboration between Pixar and Walt Disney, I don't have to talk much about the animation part as it is amazingly done. The storyline is a little flat and shallow but still, it's engrossing. Onward is packed with multiple emotions, we get to see action, humor, sacrifice, love, family bonding, bromance, and what not. The first few minutes where the characters are introduced and also the part where they try to show Ian is a timid guy is a little boring. And I hated that half horse half human police officer. Nevertheless, the movie gets interesting once the brothers get their hands on the magic artifact, and then onwards it will get you glued to it. Stuffed body to torso less man, shrunk Barely and the fight with flies are some of those many things that will make you laugh.

Onward is certainly a movie which you can watch even when you are low. The movie will re-energize you and make you feel better. When Ian realizes how much Barely means to him and how he is helping to bring out Ian's hidden talent, it sends out a beautiful message to everyone to love the people around us and acknowledge how they are helping us to grow in life rather than worrying about the lost person and the past. Happiness is all around us and we don't really have to get someone from the past to find it.

Over the moon and Onward has a couple of things in common, both the title starts with "O" and works on dead parent plot. Fei Fei looks prettier than Ian and Barley, apart from that Onward is a lot better movie than Over the moon. Onward beats all other animated movies of 2020 hands down. The movie is emotional, thrilling, heartfelt, and nostalgic. In short, Onward is the best-animated movie of 2020.

Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Onward movie magic spells and their meaning

The manticore in onward movie
The Manticore in Onward

"Flame Infernar" - Start the fire
"Voltar Thunderseer" - Break the rock into pieces 
"Aloft Elevar" - Hold something from falling
"Magnora Gantuan" - Growth spell to convert something to a bigger self.
"Bridgrigar Invisia" - Create a bridge in the air
"Accelior" - Accelerate and increase speed.
"Boombastia" - Break something into pieces

Visitation spell - "Only once is all we get, grant me this rebirth. Till Tomorrow's sun has set, one day to walk the earth".

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Onward movie trailer

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