Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Gustafson’s latest film, Pinnochio, is a visually stunning and emotionally powerful retelling of the beloved classic tale. The film showcases Del Toro’s signature blend of fantastical imagery and poignant storytelling, making for a truly captivating viewing experience.

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One of the standout elements of the film is its breathtaking visuals. The Mexican director is known for his imaginative and otherworldly aesthetic. Pinnochio is no exception. The film is full of stunning sets, elaborate costumes, and beautifully designed puppets and creatures; all of which come together to create a rich and immersive world. The attention to detail is truly impressive, and every frame is bursting with colour and life.

A Story About Fathers & Sons

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Del Toro’s version of this classic tale explores Gepetto and Pinnochio‘s relationship more than any other. David Bradley (Game of Thrones) delivers his most touching work as Gepetto, a broken-hearted father who learns to love again. Gregory Mann is perfectly cast as Carlo and Pinnochio. He voices the puppet with childlike innocence as he tries to win over his father’s love and puts himself through precarious situations for it. 

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The rest of the cast is fantastic: Ewan Mcgregor makes Sebastian J. Cricket the perfect mentor and narrator for the story. Tilda Swinton is imposing and grand as the Wood Sprite and her sister the Angel of Death. Christoph Waltz delivers yet another cunning and intimidating performance as Count Volpe.

In terms of the story, Del Toro stays true to the source material while also adding his own unique twists and turns. The film follows the journey of Pinnochio, a wooden puppet who longs to become a real boy. Along the way, he faces a host of challenges and temptations, ultimately learning the true meaning of what it means to be human. The film’s themes of identity, self-discovery, fatherhood and the dangers of greed and deception are all handled with care and nuance, making for a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant experience.

An Impressive Achievement

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Another standout aspect of Pinnochio is its haunting and atmospheric score, composed by Alexandre Desplat. The music perfectly captures the mood of the film, shifting from playful and whimsical to tense and eerie as the story progresses.

Pinnochio is a truly impressive achievement. It is a must-see for fans of Del Toro’s previous work, as well as for anyone looking for a fresh and imaginative take on a timeless tale. It’s a combination of Del Toro’s distinctive vision, beautiful cinematography, and top-notch performances. “Pinnochio” is a modern classic and one that will surely be remembered for years to come.

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