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Wish (2023)

Wish (2023)


Starring the voices of

Ariana DeBose

Chris Pine

Alan Tudyk

Angelique Cabral


Directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn


Wish is Disney's 62nd theatrical animated production, and it follows their abysmal 61st animated production, Strange World. Wish is more pathetic than their last production Strange World, and the horrible story is not something you will expect from the mouse house. But for a long time since Zootopia (2016) and Moana (2016), Disney has struggled to create an animation that will make you want to see a second part with the same characters facing another animated adventure. This film has forgettable characters, that leave no impact to the viewer and the film all together is so poor, and it is the last thing you will think Disney can produce.

Wish is a combination of CGI and has a feel of the old traditional animation. They added some singing to it, which fails to matter the way the songs of Encanto captured the world who could not stop talking about Bruno.

The story is about a magician who lives and runs an island as a king. People travel far and wide to come live on this island because and when they are eighteen, they give him their wish and once a year he chooses one of the wishes to grant.

The sad thing is, when he takes their wish, he erases their memory of it, leaving them with a feeling that something is missing in their life. Asha is a seventeen-year-old young lady, whose dream was to be an apprentice to the magician, King Magnifico.

Upon her interview, she discovers all the above about the wishes of the people taken from them and asked why the King never give the wishes back. She could not understand why Magnifico would not let people work on making their dreams come true, since he would not assist. This created a wall between the King and his would-be apprentice. In her sadness she makes a wish on a star, the star comes down to her and Magnifico notices that someone on his island is using magic. In his fear of losing control over what he has built on this island, he turns to the dark side to be able to capture this person and bring the whole island back to his control.

By the time the film ended, I felt Disney needed to stop production of all these lame excuses for a film and just go back to the old ways, even their revenue shows that these new ways of production do not work.

There is something wrong with the present times, that being bad even must be coated to make it look a bit sweet. I remember back when I was younger, when Scar killed Mufasa, or when Bambi’s mother was shot, you can tell how cruel the world is, and we were forced to face it head on as kids. Even when they decided to soft pedal these dark themes, we still had clear and obvious bad characters depicted as cruel, like in the Yzma in Emperor’s New Groove or Hades in Hercules. There was a distinct way you can tell bad from good. Things have changed now, that being bad has been remixed to being misunderstood. Everyone is trying to be politically correct and fit in to the common trend of being hip, which is ruining all Disney titles be it from Marvel, Pixar, or Disney animation.


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