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Why Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Pinocchio’ Is Way Better Than What The Critics Say



Robert Zmeckis’ Pinocchio [Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]

It’s been about four months since the release of Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of Pinocchio and critics, for some reason(s), have not been happy with the results of Zemeckis’ magical romp about a puppet who wanted to be real. 

Critics have lambasted the film for being soulless and devoid of purpose. However, critics are not always right about the movies that they review and since the film currently rests at a rotten score of 28%. I’m here to explain why the majority of critics, in this case, are completely wrong.

Honest John

One of the greatest things about this amazing film is Keegan-Michael Key’s turn as the sinister, conniving fox. John is virtually unchanged in his motivations from the 1940. He and his mute cat friend Gideon, still want to sell Pinnochio to Stromboli for profit. 

Key adds a layer of comedic flare to the character with such fervor and whimsy. Every word out of his mouth is so quotable that he actually does a better job at it than Walter Catlett from the 1940 film. 

Moreover, the CGI of John is probably the best seen in many years. You can see every hair, fiber and feature on his face as if he were a real character filmed with 4K cameras. 

Perfect Cast

If John was the creme de la creme of the movie, we cannot forget about the rest of the wondrous cast involved in the project. Tom Hanks looks like the living embodiment of Geppetto and his sensitive performance adds a touching tone to the film. 

Moreover, Luke Evans’ devious turn as the Coachman is surprisingly good in this adaptation of the wooden puppet. I thought that his casting as the maniacal Pleasure Island runner was a little bit out of place, but after seeing the film, he fit into the role like a glove. He may not have been as sinister as the 1940 Coachman, but he still manages to come off as a threatening villain for viewers. 

Robert Zemeckis’ Pinocchio [Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]

Geppetto’s Deceased Son

Unlike the 1940 film, Geppetto is seen building Pinocchio in the beginning of the film sometime after his son and wife died for unknown reasons. This was a driving detail and nuance the remake added to better explain Pinocchio’s origin.

Admittedly, Del Toro’s iteration also explained that Gepetto lost a son, but the way the wood-carver made the puppet was portrayed very differently. In the animated movie, Gepetto is seen drunkenly trying to remake his son out of pine in a Frankenstein-esque montage. Knowing the motivations from both wood-carvers, Del-toro’s version somewhat saps the heart out of the creation of Pinocchio and replaces it with desperation, while Hanks portrays it with more precision, tenderness, love and care. 


Alan Silvestri’s score almost never disappoints. His music mixed in with the previous legacy and songs of the 1940 film provides a gleeful and nostalgic trip back into another Disney fairy tale. Every note, rest, and crescendo proves to further the plot of the film.

What’s more important to note is the fact that the new songs are truly admirable in the movie. Tom Hanks adds some heart when he bellows “When He Was Here with Me”, about his deceased son as he builds Pinocchio and the stand out song seems to be the Coachman’s song as Luke Evans blasts his dulcet notes out with a whimsical, yet malevolent tone. 

Robert Zemeckis’ Pinocchio [Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]

Différent Ending Lesson

In the 1940 movie, Pinocchio is seen on a deathbed after nearly drowning when Monstro gave he and his father chase and Geppetto is seen sobbing at the loss of his son, only for the boy to be revived as a real boy after being deemed, truthful, unselfish and brave. 

In the remake, Pinocchio is seen crying over his father after they escape the evil sea monster. After one of the puppet’s tears drops on his father, probably due to some fairy magic, Geppetto comes back to life. The two get up and go towards an immaculate blue light in a cave. It’s implied that he eventually turns into a real boy, but it doesn’t matter what he is made of, but rather what is inside of him.

Many people believe that this departure from the 1940 ending misses the point of the movie, but I disagree and I think that it adds a layer of what truly being real means. Pinocchio proved himself to be real when he was truthful, brave and unselfish for going after his father. It’s obvious audiences misunderstand the moral of the story.

Moreover, it could be implied that when Geppetto and Pinocchio went into the blue light that they died after Monstro chased them, which has an even deeper meaning that Zemeckis adds to. 

Either way, this was still a solid movie.

Pinocchio is now streaming on Disney+


I am an MFA graduate of Howard University and I have been writing for Sportskeeda, movieweb, The total Plug, The DMV Daily, AIPT, Film Threat, Incluvie and Screen Anarchy and I have big hopes and dreams of being a filmmaker in the film industry.

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Deadpool & Wolverine | Official Teaser

The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?





Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

Release Date:

July 26, 2024


Shawn Levy


Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin

Plot Summary:

The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Snow White Will Be The Worst Live Action Disney Remake: Here’s Why



It’s no surprise that Disney’s latest foray in the live-action space has come to remaking the animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Admittedly, the remakes are not inherently bad but this latest Marc Webb project may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Many of the remakes have been criticized for lacking the magic and charm of their animated counterparts. That may be true in some cases but Snow White seems like a remake to take the cake for that and the film hasn’t even been released. 

Not only does it seem that the film is going against the grain of what made the 1937 film so memorable, it decided to delay its release to 2025, which is usually not a good sign. 

Snow White isn’t a love story anymore

Rachel Zegler as Snow White

Rachel Zegler as Snow White

According to lead actress Rachel Zegler’s comments, “People are making these jokes about ours being the PC Snow White, where it’s like, yeah, it is—because it needed that. It’s an 86-year-old cartoon, and our version is a refreshing story about a young woman who has a function beyond “Someday My Prince Will Come“.


Having a character go beyond a love story is perfectly fine, but when filmmakers are remaking a classic tale that was largely based around the idea of romance and a strong love story, not making romance the focus of said remake will only lead to undercut what the 1937 film achieved. 


Zegler herself



It may not be Zegler’s fault that she was cast and is a larger problem that relies on Disney but the fact that the Mouse House cast a Columbian instead of a white actress when the movie is called “Snow White”, not “Off White”. 


Destroying the fabric and race of who Snow White is supposed to be almost makes it an insult to the character. She’s a great actress but this was not the vehicle for her.


Cast comments and director silence

Director Marc Webb

Director Marc Webb

Zegler has not done herself any favors by practically spitting on the legacy of the 1937 film and she and the filmmakers have decided to not only make a love story but also add (mostly) CGI dwarves instead of real actors. 


Moreover, director Marc Webb of “The Amazing Spider-Man” duology has been radio silent about the movie and apparently has been tapped to direct a Bermuda Triangle movie. That’s all probably because he knows that “Snow White” is going to suck. 


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Disney’s Latest Star “Wish”



Ariana DeBose as Asha in Wish (Disney)


Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wish” is an all-new musical-comedy welcoming audiences to the magical kingdom of Rosas, where Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force—a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe—the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico—to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

Ariana Debose as Asha in Wish (Disney)

Movie Review (no spoilers)

The film is inspired by Disney’s centennial, which ties together a central theme across most of the Disney-related stories — of wishes and dreams coming true. One can view it as the origin story for the wishing star, albeit a funny star. Disney delivers a feel good story filled with humor and the occasional teases and links to other Disney-related works. Ariana DeBose braces the big screen as the hero, Asha who discovers a sinister secret about King Magnifico and his use of the wishes.

Ariana’s performance performance is amazing and I enjoyed listening to the songs she performed. I foresee “This Wish” topping the charts at Spotify soon.

This Wish by Ariana DeBose (Spotify)

Chris Pine plays the part of King Magnifico and delivers a good performance as the villain. We hear him sing a song alongside Ariana, At All Costs.

At All Costs by Chris Pine & Ariana DeBose (Spotify)

The story delivers the usual fun characters that Disney brings along in all stories, amazing graphics of a magical world, and an amazing song library for everyone to listen to. This movie is excellent for young and old, delivering a feel-good movie for all. Wish is yet another treasure in the world of Disney.

I’m really excited for the next 100 years of Disney magic. The movie Wish has the potential to become a sequel, or even provide potential spin-offs exploring the wishes and dreams of others in the magical Disney Universe.

My wish is for more many more years of movie magic from Disney. What is yours?

My rating is a 4 out of 5 for Disney’s Wish. Watch at a cinema near you and join in the Disney centennial celebrations!

Wish Official Trailer (Disney)

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