Pinocchio review: ‘Another enjoyable, flawed addition to Disney’s live-action catalog’

Much like buses, sometimes you wait for a film, then two of a kind come at once: The Jungle Book and Mowgli, Armageddon and Deep Impact, Antz and A Bug’s Life… And now Carlo Collodi’s dark morality tale Pinocchio is getting the same treatment. 

Robert Zemeckis’ reimagining of the classic Disney cartoon arrives first – ahead of Guillermo del Toro’s darker stop-motion treatment for Netflix – becoming the latest in the Mouse House’s line-up of live-action musical remakes. As with Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Mulan, Pinocchio follows the original closely (earworms ‘I’ve Got No Strings’ and ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ are present) while also updating certain elements for modern audiences (including a new song, ‘The Coachman to Pleasure Island’, that’s a highlight). 

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