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Wish Review – 100 Years Infused Into a Magical Masterpiece

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Walt Disney Animation Studios marks a century of cinematic magic with its latest offering, Wish, a film that not only celebrates the legacy of Disney but also charts a new course for its future. This musical comedy, replete with dazzling visuals, soul-stirring music, and performances that breathe life into every frame, is a heartfelt tribute to 100 years of storytelling brilliance. At its core, Wish is more than a film; it’s a love letter to the art of dreaming and the power of hope.

A Story That Focuses On The Best Part About Us

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Wish invites us into the vibrant kingdom of Rosas, a fantastical realm where wishes aren’t just figments of the imagination but tangible, magical realities. The protagonist, Asha, voiced with depth and sincerity by Ariana DeBose, is a beacon of idealism in this colorful world. Her journey, sparked by a wish so potent it summons a cosmic entity, encapsulates the timeless Disney theme – the indomitable power of a true heart’s desire.

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The narrative weaves a compelling tale of resilience and courage, against the backdrop of King Magnifico’s (Chris Pine) reign, where wishes are hoarded, and dreams are controlled. This power dynamic sets the stage for a story that is as inspiring as it is pertinent. The script, penned by Jennifer Lee, brims with the emotional depth and moral complexities that have become synonymous with Disney’s best works. While the film feels a tad short, leaving audiences yearning for more, this slight drawback is overshadowed by the story’s ability to tug at heartstrings and ignite the flames of imagination.

Animation and Beauty That Transcends the Medium

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Wish is a visual masterpiece. Directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, along with their team, have crafted a world that feels like a living, breathing watercolor painting. The innovative use of CG to evoke the charm of classic Disney watercolor aesthetics is nothing short of revolutionary. Each scene, from the bustling streets of Rosas to the serene beauty of the Wishing Tree, is a testament to Disney Animation’s commitment to pushing boundaries while honoring its roots.

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The film’s design, heavily inspired by the artistic styles of Gustav Tenggren, Kay Nielsen, and others, brings a storybook quality that is both nostalgic and fresh. The attention to detail in the architecture, the costumes, and even the nuanced expressions of characters is a feast for the eyes. It’s as if Disney’s rich tapestry of artistry from the past 100 years has been distilled into this single film, creating an experience that’s uniquely enchanting.

A Musical Odyssey That Resonates on the Heartstrings

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The heart of any Disney classic is its music, and Wish triumphs in this realm. Julia Michaels and Benjamin Rice’s compositions are not just songs; they are emotional landscapes that guide the audience through Asha’s journey. Each melody is a blend of contemporary resonance and timeless allure, making Wish a musical odyssey that rivals the studio’s best.

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Asha’s pivotal song, “This Wish,” is particularly moving – it’s an anthem of hope and determination that perfectly encapsulates the film’s essence. The score by Dave Metzger adds layers of depth to the narrative, beautifully complementing the visuals and elevating the emotional impact of each scene.

Performances That Bring the Magic to Life

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Wish is buoyed by its stellar voice cast, who bring authenticity and vibrancy to their roles. DeBose’s Asha is spirited and endearing, capturing the essence of a true Disney heroine. Chris Pine’s portrayal of King Magnifico strikes a perfect balance between charm and menace, adding complexity to the antagonist. Alan Tudyk’s Valentino, the pajama-wearing goat, provides a touch of humor and heart, proving once again why Tudyk is considered Disney’s good luck charm.

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The supporting cast, including Angelique Cabral and Victor Garber, imbue their characters with warmth and relatability, making the world of Wish all the more immersive.

A Celebration of Disney’s Legacy

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Wish is steeped in Disney history, with Easter eggs and homages that will delight fans. From subtle nods to classic films to the more overt references in the character designs of Asha’s friends (inspired by the seven dwarfs), the film is a treasure trove for Disney aficionados. This interweaving of the past and present is not just a trip down memory lane; it’s a rekindling of the Disney magic that has enchanted generations.

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Wishes Come True

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Wish stands as a monumental achievement in Disney Animation’s storied history. While its slightly shorter runtime leaves audiences craving more, this is a minor quibble in what is otherwise a near-perfect film. It’s a story that resonates with all ages, a visual spectacle that captivates, and a musical journey that stays with you long after the credits roll. In Wish, Disney doesn’t just celebrate a century of filmmaking; it ignites the promise of another hundred years of wonder and dreams.

Wish effortlessly weaves in a century’s worth of magic, charm, humor, and memories, with tear-inducing beauty, passion-inspiring music, and a thorough bomb of core-memory activations that will fill audiences with what can only be described as Disney Magic. For that, I give Wish a

9/10

Get ready to experience the magic of Wish when it releases exclusively in theaters on November 22, 2023, with special early screenings on November 18, 2023. Make sure to stay until after the end credits for the cherry on top.

About Wish

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Release DateNovember 22, 2023
Directors: Chris Buck, Fawn Veerasunthorn
Writers: Jennifer Lee, Allison Moore, Produced by, Peter Del Vecho, Juan Pablo Reyes
Music: David Metzger
Production: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Distribution: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Runtime: 92 minutes
Cast: Ariana DeBose, Chris Pine, Angelique Cabral, Alan Tudyk

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“Wish” is set in the kingdom of Rosas, where Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it’s answered by a cosmic force—a ball of boundless energy called Star. Asha and Star confront the formidable King Magnifico to prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

What is your favorite Disney memory? Did you ever Wish upon a star? Are you ready to be overwhelmed with emotion? Let us know if you’re ready for wishes to come true on social media!

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