The first reviews of Netflix’s Pinocchio are out, and critics call it a “masterpiece.”
Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson direct this version of Pinocchio. It is based on Frankenstein and takes place in Italy in the 1930s, between the two world wars.
What is the critic’s review of Netflix’s Pinocchio?
With only a few months between the two versions, most reviews have compared del Toro’s project just came out. So far, most of the reviews have been positive. Critics seem to agree that the Netflix movie is better because it tries to add something new to the story and characters.
Nicholas Barber of The Wrap called Pinocchio “a soulful stop-motion masterpiece.”
Jennifer Heaton of Next Best Picture wrote, “From the beginning, it’s clear that this Pinocchio is a del Toro production. Its tone is similar to Pan’s Labyrinth, but the horror and gore have been toned down for kids.” Hannah Shaw-Williams of Slash Film said, “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio brings weirdness, darkness, and joy to Carlo Collodi’s story of the little wooden puppet.”.
What were some critical remarks passed for Pinocchio?
Guy Lodge wrote in Variety that the film was great because it didn’t talk down to its audience. He wrote, “This is a “Pinocchio” that thinks its young viewers are astute and have great taste.”
But Pinocchio isn’t perfect. Guy Lodge of Variety found a slight problem with the movie’s length. He said, “This is a rare children’s entertainment that isn’t afraid to confuse kids as much as it enchants them.”
Why is it quoted as a charm?
The Hollywood Reporter’s Leslie Felperi said, “It is what it is, and that’s perfectly imperfect.” Damon Wise of Deadline said the movie lacked “charm and wonder” and was “unmoving.”
Even though it has a lot of heartfelt messages, Pinocchio is oddly unmoving, and the musical numbers aren’t nearly as memorable as the animation. Fans of del Toro’s visual style won’t be disappointed. However, like Nightmare Alley from last year, there may be too many surface details and flourishes when it needs more charm and wonders.
Where to watch and what to expect from this masterpiece?
Ewan McGregor plays Sebastian J. Cricket, and Tilda Swinton plays The Fairy with Turquoise Hair in this classic fairy tale. Gregory Mann will do the voice of Pinocchio, and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard will join him.
Pinocchio will be available to watch on Netflix starting Dec. 9. It will also have a short run in a few theatres this November.