To say that the Disney live-action remake of "Pinocchio" is a film shouldn't even be worth mentioning because this is the ultimate definition of a misguided remake every step of the way. Robert Zemeckis's retelling of the classic 1940s animated film is unfocused, misguided, and doesn't have any of the traditional elements that made the original a timeless classic. The visual effects and set design look like something you can put together quickly on IMovie, which is so ironic because Robert Zemeckis is incredible in the visual effects department. Robert Zemeckis's direction feels so lazy that it feels like a chore for him. No care was put into it, which is very sad because this is an incredible filmmaker that has made some of the greatest films of all time like "Back to the Future," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Cast Away," "Flight," and "Forrest Gump." Tom Hanks plays Geppetto, and he looked like he was sleepwalking the entire time to get a quick paycheck. Child star Benjamin Evan Ainsworth plays Pinocchio, and his performance feels very wooden, and not once does he come off as authentic. The only saving grace in this movie is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays Jiminy Cricket and his portrayal of the character is pretty good, sounding very similar to the original Jiminy Cricket. With today's technology, "Pinocchio" could have been a fantastic remake. "Pinocchio" is not only the worst live-action Disney remake but might be Robert Zemeckis's worst film. This is all due to Zemeckis's misguided direction, bland performances, zero suspense, and the thrills taken away from the scenes featuring Pleasure Island and Monstro, the whale. This film is the perfect example of a movie that could have succeeded with a modern-day retelling but decided to take all of the main elements that made Pinocchio an instant classic and do the exact opposite, that not even making a wish upon a star can save this movie.
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