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Pinocchio (2019) – Movie Review

Pinocchio, directed and produced by Matteo Garrone, is an English-dubbed fantasy tale film based on the 1883 book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian author Carlo Collodi. 

The main character is a disobedient, mischievous wooden marionette named Pinocchio, played by Federico Ielapi, who was created by his carpenter father Geppetto, played by Roberto Benigni. Pinocchio must repent of his wicked ways to reach his goal to become a boy. Aside from his own misbehavior, Pinocchio also must learn to stop hanging out with bad associates and must become a worthy son to Gepetto. The storyline differs from the Disney version, having more plot twists and adult humour. 

Master make-up artist Mark Coulier (Harry Potter) created the fabulous prosthetic makeup used for Pinocchio and most of the characters including a fox, owl, cat, snail, cricket, blue-haired fairy, raven, donkeys, a large fish, and other puppets. The experience of seeing characters in makeup was superior to what CGI could do.

Soothing atmospheric music complemented Pinocchio’s different adventures and trials during his travels.

The story of Pinocchio is timeless. It is a warning tale that helps young ones understand that there are consequences for misbehavior. This cinematic masterpiece can be enjoyed by adults and children.

A scene of a hanging (of the main character taken from the 1883 book) may not be suitable for all audiences.

Overall Rating: A+

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