Pinocchio (2022)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Starring Tom Hanks, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Luke Evans

Today as part of Disney + day, Pinocchio premiered on the streaming service. The original animated movie is one of my favorite movies and I was excited to see that it was going to be remade like Disney has been doing in recent years. And the people involved in the project made it more interesting. Robert Zemeckis is a great director and Tom Hanks of course adds to any film he is in.

The story is well known, Geppetto is an old man who lives alone with his cat and fish, and a wooden puppet he just finished. When a wishing star appears, Geppetto makes a wish for the puppet to come to life and be a real boy. The wish comes true and Pinocchio lives but to be a real boy he must be truthful, brave, and unselfish.

I know the live aspect of the movie fades because of the CGI, like in Lion King, but forgetting that I loved the movie. The first thing I liked is that it felt like the director’s vision and not trying to make the same film again, with extra scenes, like Beauty and the Beast, it had extra scenes but many of the other scenes mirrored the animated movie. In this version, I can only say the whale scene mirrored the animated film and the puppet show. I enjoyed the movie a lot and visually it was great. Tom Hanks was so charming as Geppetto and the backstory they added made the story better.

There were new characters and I felt they were good additions to the story I liked that when I expected something from the animated film, the movie went another way. The film has a good cast and they bring the characters to life efficiently.

I think the movie is worth watching if you liked the original animated movie, but don’t expect the same movie. But I liked the changes and the retelling of this classic tale.

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