This live-action retelling of Carlo Collodis
classic story about a marionette
becoming a real boy is riddled with so
many problems that even Blue Fairy and
her magical powers could not fix them.
Problem 1: It wasnt pre-screened for
critics, which is a big red flag in the
entertainment business. Problem 2: The
young wooden puppet is played by a
middle-aged man with a receding hairline
dressed in an ugly outfit with a 1960s
wallpaper quality and topped off with a
fuzzy cone-shaped hat as he prances
around using non-puppet-like
movements and expressions. Problem 3:
The supposedly impressive and mystical
Blue Fairy is a watered-down flat and
passive character with just a pretty smile.
Problem 4: The Italian dialogue is
dubbed poorly in English with terrible
casting choices of American celebrities
like Regis Philbin and Cheech Marin
providing the voices that are distracting
and downright annoying. Problem 5: The
film is rated G and is advertised as being
a bright and cheery remake of the famous
1940 Disney animated film. However,
there are many dark and disturbing
scenes that kiddies will not enjoy, such
as a lynch mob leaving the protagonist
dangling from a noose in a dark forest.
This list of problems is endless.
Writer/director/star Roberto Benigni
should wish upon an entire galaxy of
stars in order for his film to generate any
revenue, success or appeal.