I watched Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio with my family a couple of days ago. Honestly, the only reason I wanted to see this movie was for its artistic side, and in that regard, I was not disappointed. The film is visually beautiful and has a very appealing handcrafted feel to it. As for the story, I couldn't help but feel that it was overloaded with disparate situations and subplots. It's true that all of those scenes made sense within the story and were properly intertwined, but I still felt the film was too fast paced for its own good. In addition to this, I was not convinced by what they did with the character of Pinocchio. I appreciated that they introduced him as a sort of abomination (in fact, his relationship with Geppetto starts out very much like the one Dr. Frankenstein has with his creation) and I enjoyed his transformation throughout the film, but the character is just annoying.
I was going to say that I didn't like any of the songs from the movie, but I watched it dubbed. Now I'm listening to some of those songs in their original language and I must admit that they are enjoyable.
The only part of the film that I really didn't like was the one where Mussolini appears. I don't really care about this historical figure, but I didn't get the joke about his stature and the song Pinocchio sang in front of him was terribly stupid. Granted, the one line of dialogue that Mussolini has in the film made me laugh. Lastly, I guess I liked the final message of the movie (don't look for perfection or live in the past, just try to find a way to make things work with what you have). It's a good movie, although I don't think my family liked it.