Wish (2023) Movie Review

Wish

A century has passed since the visionary Walt Disney, along with his brother Roy O. Disney, laid the foundation for what would evolve into the globally renowned entertainment juggernaut – The Walt Disney Company. What began modestly as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in 1923 has now burgeoned into a colossal conglomerate, boasting a valuation in the billions of dollars.

Over the decades, Disney’s influence has permeated every facet of the entertainment industry, spanning film, television, news, sports, theme parks, and a vast array of merchandise. The very mention of Disney today conjures images of enchanting tales and magical worlds, showcasing the company’s pervasive impact on the cultural zeitgeist.

While Disney has ventured into diverse genres, from superhero sagas to science fiction, it remains deeply rooted in its animated origins. Since the groundbreaking release of its inaugural animated feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” in 1937, Disney has continued to honor its commitment to the art of animation. The company has contributed over 60 animated works to the cinematic landscape, demonstrating an unwavering dedication to storytelling through the timeless medium of animation.

As the world marks the centennial milestone of Disney’s inception, Walt Disney Animation Studios is set to enchant audiences once again with its latest masterpiece, “Wish.” This film not only commemorates the profound legacy of Disney but also serves as a testament to the enduring magic that continues to captivate audiences worldwide. In celebrating 100 years of Disney, “Wish” emerges as a beacon, illuminating the boundless creativity and innovation that have defined the entertainment giant throughout its storied history.

Wish

Currently, to commemorate Disney’s 100th anniversary, Walt Disney Animation Studios is releasing its newest animated film entitled Wish .

Wish (2023) Synopsis

Asha (Ariana Dubose) is a teenager who lives on an island called Rosas where the ruler, King Magnifico (Chris Pine), who is also a magician, is willing to grant his people’s ‘wishes’. He also hopes that King Magnificio will grant his grandfather, Sabino (Victor Gruber)’s wish as a gift for his birthday. But will his hopes come true after knowing the king’s true intentions?

Wish Movie Review

The story takes place on a fictional island kingdom called Rosas

The entire plot of Wish is set in an island kingdom called Rosas which is roughly located in the Mediterranean Sea. The kingdom was founded by a famous wizard with a tragic past named Magnifico who had the ability to grant the wishes of his people.

In Rosas, every citizen who has reached the age of 18 has the right to express their wishes which will then be stored by the Magnifico in a crystal ball. Then every month, one wish will be granted by Magnifico.

Wish Movie Review

But behind all this beauty, it turns out that the king, who looks wise, actually harbors frightening ambitions. Due to traumatic events in his past, Magnifico uses his magic so that his people who have hopes, dreams or wishes stored by him forget what their previous wishes were.

Asha, who had previously applied to become Magnifico’s student, knew of his evil intentions and hidden intentions and with her determination and enthusiasm and supported by her family and friends, Asha fought to uncover the king’s rotten ambitions in order to save Rosas.

Asha’s background is from two different cultures

Asha is a teenager who lives with her family consisting of her grandfather Sabino and mother Sakina (Natsha Rothwell). Wish focuses on the story of the energetic and brave Asha set in Rosas which is a land of dreams where the kingdom thrives because everyone who comes from all over brings their culture and traditions.

The story of Asha is about the journey of a teenage girl who comes from two different racial backgrounds (her father is white and her mother is black), stories about immigrants and no romantic subplot.

Wish is possibly exploited from the classic Disney song entitled “When You Wish Upon a Star” sung by Jimmy Crickett in the classic animated film Pinocchio which was released in 1940. The story of Wish involves Ariana DeBose who previously won an Oscar in the remake of the classic musical film West Side Story which directed by Steven Spielberg.

Wish was directed by Chris Buck, who also won an Oscar for Frozen in 2014. Only in Wish, Chris Buck collaborated with Fawn Veerasunthorn. This animation itself is a completely new story, and is not based on the classic fairy tales that Disney has usually adapted over the years.

An eclectic take on some Disney classics

The Rosas Kingdom itself was built in a medieval European atmosphere with typical Mediterranean or Spanish style buildings. Disney also provides a touch of animation by using a combination of 2D and 3D visuals with beautiful and colorful watercolor backgrounds. The songs are sung with an energetic feel with a touch of modern and contemporary music.

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And in this Wish, if we are observant, of course we will find many so-called ‘easter eggs’ from classic Disney works, such as when Asha proposes to become the king’s student, which reminds us of the story of Mickey Mouse in Fantasia.

Asha and her seven friends also remind us of the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs . There is also a moment when the wish star sprinkles her star powder which is a bit reminiscent of Tinker Bell’s sprinkling of fairy powder in Peter Pan .

Of course, one of the strongest attractions in Wish lies in the antagonist character presented by Magnifico who is narcissistic, full of self-confidence, self-serving but truly evil who hinders the free will of his people.

Wish is an allegorical story about powerful parties who use promises of welfare and prosperity but in fact they use this to secure their personal ambitions and profits only.

Conclusion

Wish was presented by Disney to commemorate 100 years of Disney travel. It still looks visually attractive and features memorable music, unfortunately it lacks charm and creativity with a story plot that is easy to predict.

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