Magazine May 4, 2020, Issue

Onward’s World Could Use a Little More Magic

Ian and Barley Lightfoot, voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, in Onward (Pixar)

Under normal, non-pandemic circumstances, this column would probably be covering the new live-action remake of Mulan, once slated to hit theaters at the end of March, or No Time to Die, featuring Daniel Craig’s last scowling appearance as James Bond, which was supposed to be released on April 10. In our reality, neither of those movies is coming out until at least the fall, and for now nothing else is either, and anyway if they did come out nobody would be able to see them. So the trade of movie reviewing is in the same straits as the business of sportswriting

This article appears as “Re-Enchanting the Suburbs” in the May 4, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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