Disney’s series of live-action remakes of animated films claims yet another classic, this time with 1940 film "Pinocchio." Unfortunately, the 2022 "Pinocchio" film continues not only Disney's remake trend, but also maintains the company's course of disappointing releases.
Despite having a cast led by Hollywood giant Tom Hanks and helmed by director Robert Zemeckis, the creative mind behind beloved films like "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump," "Pinocchio" falls flat on arrival with poor pacing, an inconsistent tone, and awkward CGI of the titular character.
With all this in mind, it's no wonder why the film has been heavily panned by viewers, even fans of the original animation.
One such fan includes Zeinab Elkhalifa, a junior majoring in psychology. Despite having grown up watching the 1940s classic, Elkhalifa was skeptical to watch the 2022 remake.
"The original is perfectly fine as is," Elkhalifa said. "I don't think that it's aged poorly in any way. Don't fix it if it ain't broken."
Likewise, Kareem Abdelkarim, a senior majoring in construction management and technology, was not a fan of the 2022 remake.
"The story is pretty much one-to-one with the original," Abdelkarim said. "Why would I want to experience the same story again when there are so many more out there that I haven't seen?"
It's not hard to see how such retellings can prove frustrating to viewers if little to no expansion of the original narrative occurs.
Amir Imam is a reporter for the Echo, providing a unique lens for The State Press and ASU to view pop culture and media through. His articles have covered major projects being done by professors, news in pop culture, and events relevant to students.