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And Zemeckis put a fantasy heart on it…

Covering the Venice Film Festival, I wondered why it was strange that, premiering in Disney+ in the middle of the dates in which the Mostra takes place, the adaptation of Pinocchio by Robert Zemeckis, with Tom Hanks like Geppetto, he couldn’t find a better launch pad than in the same Italy where both the character and his author, Carlo Collodi, were born.

Seeing the film, which does not premiere in theaters and goes directly to streaming, perhaps it will be understood.

Pinocchio and his creator, Geppetto (Tom Hanks), when he sends him to school.  Disney+ Photos

Pinocchio and his creator, Geppetto (Tom Hanks), when he sends him to school. Disney+ Photos

Pinocchio is a wooden doll, and the character of Zemeckis -the director of Forrest Gump, Return to the future and so many other good films – as the film lacks a bit of blood, if not heart, which would be too much.

The film basically follows the 1940 Disney animated classic, which marked generations since then, more than Collodi, but has added updates to the central theme (Geppetto mourns the death of his young son and his wife, and creates the doll asking the Star for her wish) and others of a different nature and caliber, such as talking about… influencers.

The Blue Fairy is played by Cynthia Erivo, seeking to be inclusive.

The Blue Fairy is played by Cynthia Erivo, seeking to be inclusive.

There is an excellent wink, which I am not going to spoil, and which happens in the first and extensive scene in Geppetto’s house, when Jiminy Cricket arrives to take shelter from the cold. But also supposed gags that don’t really pay off or work, and that scene with which the film opens, which should catch the little ones who don’t know the story of the doll that wanted to be a boy…

Did you see when the boys ask them to change the movie?

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Perhaps, perhaps, in one of those Pinocchiowhich is a hybrid where actors, animation and CGI come together, it is not clear what audience it is targeting, and it misses everyone.

The story is practically the same as that of the film that marked generations, but with updates.

The story is practically the same as that of the film that marked generations, but with updates.

The problems of Pinocchio they decidedly start from the script, and the desire for integration has nothing to do with this, with a blue fairy of African descent (Cynthia Erivo), or the inclusion of Fabiana, a character with a prosthetic leg who was not even in the original film and here she is. a significant specific weight. What if since it takes place in Italy, they hired more Italians, and forced them to speak with an Italic accent? It’s more of a copy than an adaptation.

Not all live-action remakes and hybrids of Disney animated classics work. By a Lion King good one coexists mulanand if there is a the jungle book there’s also a Dumbo.

Jiminy Cricket is the "temporary" conscience of the wooden puppet.

Jiminy Cricket is the “temporary” conscience of the wooden puppet.

As for what you see, Pinocchio there’s something definitely off about the integration of the characters and their outlines and/or the background, as if the flesh-and-blood actors seem to be being shot on an old-fashioned green screen. And I don’t know how everyone manages, when it’s daytime, not to wear sunglasses, because the lighting is so bad that it hurts the eyes.

There are more songs besides the originals, some sung by Hanks with a mustache and gray hair. Jiminy Cricket wears a hat and an umbrella, he talks to himself and to the audience. At least Pinocchio is the same. They made an effort not only for his face, it also maintains the same colors.

At least the scene where the boys turn into donkeys is not earth-shattering.

At least the scene where the boys turn into donkeys is not earth-shattering.

At least (or is that wrong?), the scene of the Island of Games in which the children became donkeys, which could terrify the little ones, is now… nothing.

Pinocchio wants to become a real boy, even if he has the 4 fingers that Disney has already taught us that it is the most practical and simple way to animate the characters. He wants to make his “his father” feel good. The Fairy tells him that for this he must be “good, sincere and generous”, that “what matters is what he carries in his heart, not what he is made of”.

Well, in movies, apart from the heart, it does matter how they are made.

“Pinocchio”

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Adventure/ dramatic comedy USA, 2022. Original title: “Pinocchio”. 105′, Over 7 years old. Of: Robert Zemeckis. With: Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Cynthia Erivo. Available in: Disney+.

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