Pinocchio Movie Review

Within every fairy tale is a morality tale. The purpose is to teach our children (and our adults) how to behave.

The new film, Pinocchio is a live-action reboot of the 1940 film of the same name. Based on the story by Carlo Collodi, Geppetto (Tom Hanks) has one wish: for a child of his own. He gets his wish when the Blue Fairy (Cynthia Erivo) brings Geppetto’s newest creation, a puppet to life. Named Pinocchio (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), he wants nothing more than to be a real boy and make his father proud.

But like any child, temptation pulls him in other directions. Jiminy Cricket (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) tries to guide his charge to do the right thing, but he can only do so much. Will this puppet become a real child or is his fate to be just pieces of wood that only slightly resembles a human?

There is a nice balance of updating the narrative for our time while remaining true to the original cartoon. As usual, Hanks is the MVP, playing a complete 180 from his last film.

I noticed a couple of things that I obviously would not have seen as a child. The first is praying to a higher power or the universe (whichever one believes in), may actually bring in the desired results. The second is that you have to work for what you want. Pinocchio was not automatically turned into a human being, he had to earn it.

I haven’t seen the 1940 film in decades, but the message came through loud and clear. Though the story could be seen as slightly moralistic, the idea of listening to your gut applies to anyone of any age.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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Pinocchio is available for streaming on DisneyPlus.

P.S.: Keep an eye out for easter eggs.


Getting There-Princes and The Lammily Doll

Change takes time. It’s not easy to change long held beliefs.

Two developments over the past few weeks are proof that change is on it’s way.

Disney’s newest animated film, Princes, will be released next year. It will feature a gay couple who will fall in love and marry inĀ  same sex fairy tale wedding. The only drawback to this story is that the princess is still rescued by the prince. However, I will concede that Disney is making a giant leap forward by producing and releasing this film.

The newest doll in the market in Lammily.

Based on the measurements of the average 19 year old girl, Lammily is the anti-Barbie. Her makeup is minimal and there are stickers to add cellulite, pimples and other body imperfections.

While her hair is still long and straight and her nose is pert, this is huge improvement over Barbie and will hopefully teach young girls that they can look in the mirror, not see Barbie and be okay with that.

We’re not there just yet, but we are are certainly getting there.

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