Deborah Ross

Why have they made Pinocchio look like Freddy Krueger?

Matteo Garrone's new live-action version of the classic tale is visually sumptuous and very dark but his Pinocchio is hard to bond with

Touch wood: Alessio Di Domenicantonio as Candlewick and Federico Ielapi as Pinocchio. Credit: Greta De Lazzaris

Matteo Garrone’s live-action version of Pinocchio is visually sumptuous and there are some enchanting characters (my favourite: Snail). And unlike Disney’s version (1940) this is, apparently, far more faithful to the darker, original 1883 tale by Carlo Collodi, even if the Disney version was quite dark enough for some of us.

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