Is it taboo to criticize the Blue Fairy in Disney’s Pinocchio (2022)?
My 6-star review was polite, its criticisms were no different from other reviews, and it actually offered some new information. Why was it declined?
Too slow for kids, too woke for me
Apparently Disney just can't help being woke. Despite this film's many virtues -- notably the really beautiful art direction, with landscapes and cobble-stoned village squares probably inspired by the celebrated "Pinocchio" illustrations of Roberto Innocenti -- this new version is somewhat off-putting, thanks to the intrusive, in-your-face diversity casting, which inevitably pulls one out of the little fairy-tale Italian town and into the real world of 21-century America. That Blue Fairy is jarringly grotesque. At two hours, the film is also at least half an hour too long. I enjoyed looking at the wall of novelty cuckoo clocks in Geppetto's shop, but I soon got sick of his animated kitten, which is too cute by half. I'd imagine that children will be impatient for the action to begin.