A Kind Of Magic

Tom Holland and Chris Pratt star as two elf brothers on a mission to save their recently deceased father. But will their journey Onward through this fantasy world be successful?

Article Published on 17.02.2020

Words Aaron Potter

Having proven their charm and comradery in Marvel’s sweeping cinematic universe, Tom Holland and Chris Pratt now lend their vocal talents to a world of magic and mystery in Pixar’s first film of the decade.

Onward centres on two teenage Elf brothers, Ian and Barley, who one day receive an intriguing wizard’s staff, quickly setting them on an epic yet emotional quest to restore their lost father.

This being Pixar, audiences should expect to have their hearts pulled immensely while watching this father and son(s) tale. This may be an alternate universe where elements of mythological fantasy collide with real-life suburbia, but the story promises to be extremely relatable, touching, and prescient - as is traditionally the case for Disney’s prestige animation house.

Onward marks only the second time that writer-director Dan Scanlon has taken the helm of a movie, with his last being 2013’s Monster’s University. This time, however, Scanlon has the challenge of introducing a whole new world instead of building off a pre-existing one. Here’s hoping Onward can capture the heart of Mike and Sully’s prequel adventure because between the biker fairies, rabid unicorns, and ancient wizardry…it certainly has the magic.

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