Movie review: Pinocchio is a new twist on an old tale 

 The live-action adaptation of the classic story of a wooden puppet named Pinocchio who comes to life, reviewed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM)

Full review see Pinocchio (ACCM)

Rated M ‧ 2020 ‧ Drama/Fantasy ‧ 2h 5m

Now showing in select cinemas. Check your local guides.

At a Glance:

Pinocchio (2020) is a live-action adaption of the classic children’s story which stays true to the original tale’s darkness and moral themes. This film is a much grimmer version than the Disney animated classic, and will likely distress younger viewers due to themes of separation from loved ones, deceitful and malicious characters, and the perilous situations Pinocchio finds himself in. Younger viewers may also find this film slightly long. This film is best suited for older viewers who are likely to appreciate this film as it provides a beautifully made, performed, and adapted classic story with innovative costuming and prosthetic effects. It may be enjoyed by viewers aged 12-13, though parental guidance is recommended for these ages.

The main messages from this movie are that it is important to tell the truth and not to lie; and that if you are kind, respectful, appropriately obedient to your elders, and work hard, you will be rewarded.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Listening to responsible and trustworthy adults about how to behave and interact with the world.
  • Being courageous and curious about the world.
  • Loving your family.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • How to engage (or choose not to engage) safely with strangers – Pinocchio is repeatedly swindled, conned, and hurt by others throughout the film (often due to his own naivety).
  • Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 13 (distressing and frightening scenes)

Watch trailer here