Pinocchio Review

Pinocchio Review
(L-R): Pinocchio (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), Tom Hanks as Geppetto, and Figaro in Disney's live-action PINOCCHIO, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Tonight, Disney+ celebrates Disney+ Day with the much-anticipated live action remake of Pinocchio.

When Pinocchio begins, we are introduced to Jiminy Cricket (Joseph Gordon Levitt), who is the narrator of this tale.

We are then taken to the shop of Geppetto (Tom Hanks), a woodcarver who lives alone with his cat Fiagro and Cleo the Goldfish, and who has just finished crafting a puppet. Later that night, Geppetto wishes upon a star, brining about the arrival of the blue fairy (Cynthia Erivo), who visits the store during the night and brings the puppet to life and assigning Jiminy Cricket as his conscience. With the promise of becoming a real boy if he proves himself brave, truthful and unselfish, the puppet Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) goes on adventures of his own in a quest to become a real boy.

Throughout the adventure, Pinocchio crosses paths with Honest John (Keegan-Michale Fox), a fox who is anything but honest, and Stromboli (Guiseppe Battiston), a cruel and greedy Italian puppeteer who employs inspiring dancer Fabiana (Kyanne Lamaya), her marionette Sabina (Jaquita Ta’Le), and the coachman (Luke Evans), and who’s intention aren’t ideal.

The screenplay by Robert Zemeckis and Chris Weitz has stayed true to the much-loved animated classic, with a few updated changed to reflect current times. Through the 105-minute film is a sense of magic and wonder as Pinocchio finds himself on a quest that will delight.

Casting is top-notch here, with Hanks bringing star power to Geppetto that really lights up the screen. Even Eirvo, who isn’t on screen for long, makes an impact, but overall, there isn’t a bad performance among this cast.

Pinocchio is a classic, but the live-action remake is bound to delight the whole family

4 Stars

Pinocchio lands on Disney+ today.