New on DVD: ‘Onward’ uses tired trope but still hits right notes – The Columbian

Metalheads finally get their due in a top DVD release for May 19.

Onward: Tribune News Service film critic Katie Walsh says this animated adventure from Disney/Pixar, finally brings mainstream representation to a group previously relegated to the margins of popular culture: the fantasy-obsessed metalhead. Chris Pratt voices older bro Barley, a burly chap (or elf, rather) in a battle vest with an affinity for all things Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, or rather, the generically branded versions. In his trusty steed Guinevere, an old purple van airbrushed with a mighty Pegasus, Barley blasts sweet heavy metal tunes about wizards and beasts and magic. Barley is a blast.

This isnt Barleys story, though hes an integral part. This is the story of his younger brother, Ian (Tom Holland), a shy young elf who discovers that he does, indeed, have a little magic in him.

Walsh writes that Onward contains potentially the most morbid example of the Disney dead parents trope, which theyve relied on for decades. Dead parents have been the easy shortcut right to emotional stakes for the young characters. But Onward literally embodies this ever-present longing for a lost loved one, as Ian and Barley drag their fathers sentient legs around with them on their quest.

Despite that, Walsh says Onward plucks all the right heartstrings to produce many laughs and many tears.

Emma: Autumn De Wilde, a music video director, makes her feature debut with Emma, adapted from Jane Austens novel by Eleanor Catton. Tribune News Service film critic Katie Walsh says that de Wilde deploys everything at her disposal to execute an expertly choreographed and designed film highlighting the arch artifice of aristocratic culture and behavior in Regency England.

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