Yesterday my wife and I sat down and watched the version of Pinocchio that is on Netflix and it is different from the performance of Tom Hanks on Disney+. This version has Ewan Megreegor in it as the Cricket and many others it even has Cate Blanchett in a voice role and neither the wife nor I noticed. Cate plays Spazzatura.
The story is kinda the same as the Disney version but is an I think please correct me if I am wrong a stop-motion animated version of the film. The animation is different and the closest thing I have seen like this before was the animated cartoon Coraline several years back now.
There were songs in this movie nothing really I remember and nothing that stands out. However, this version does something that no other versions of Pinocchio do actually tell and show you the back story of how Geppetto loses his real-life boy Carlo. The movie is based around the time Mosiline was around and the great war and depicts the whole war instead of turning kids into animals to die they go off to war to die kinda dark and I feel this version is more realistic than others versions. In saying that though I would not recommend watching either of them with young kids. The wife and I remember Pinocchio as a lighter movie than the Netflix and Disney versions. It’s not a movie that I would want in my collection. Maybe I should watch the original Dinsey version just to see if that still holds up or is it scary too?
Now as it states in the title this version is brought to you by Guillermo del Toro he has brought you movies like “The Shape of Water”, “Pacific Rim” & Pan’s Labyrinth and even “Blade II”
What was well done in this movie were the light and dark of the reality of war and stranger danger Cricket did not really do his job as well as in the Disney version however it does show you how fragile life is and how things can change in an instant.
Would I watch this again? it would be a No do I think it’s worth watching? At least once. 6/10