When I first looked into this film, I was confused. Was it a Trolls spinoff? Was it a new Aladdin movie where everyone is a Genie? Luckily, it was neither...

In the usual hunt for an epic film to watch as part of our weekly family movie night, I came across this little gem. Onward is a new Disney/Pixar movie available on Disney’s new streaming platform – Disney+.

With the popcorn ready, lights dimmed (cheer Philips Hue!) we embarked on a journey into a world of mythical creatures and magic, all wrapped up into a world much the same as ours – only more fun!

Onward follows the adventure of Ian Lightfoot and his brother Barley travelling across a mystical world to find a hidden gem and find closure for a traumatic family event. I thought the story sounded a bit like the standard Disney cookie-cutter special, however I was pleasantly surprised!

Full of fun jokes and hilarious situations involving a pair of legs, Onward even had enough references to Dungeons & Dragons to keep even the most diligent neckbeard happy!

"Unlike Stranger Things, which foregrounds characters actually playing Dungeons & Dragons, or the various D&D films and shows set in a D&D-inspired world, Onward is a hybrid, where fantasy gaming exists in a world that’s essentially an RPG setting." - Polygon.com

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The story’s primary theme is about brotherhood and boy does it deliver. Amongst the dragon slaying, pixie bikies and police pursuits, the guts of the movie are enough to bring a grown man to cry (I swear, it was just hayfever).

All in all, I found Onward the perfect film to capture and retain the attention of:

  • Me
  • Wife
  • 2 x excitable kids under 7

I felt that I wanted to watch it again the next day because it made me feel so good. I recommended it to a couple of colleagues (one of whom is Dungeon master) and they too thought it was incredible.

Rating: 5/5 Pentagrams ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Watch the trailer here:

Credit: Pixar
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