screenplay by Jennifer Lee & Allison Moore
directed by Chris Buck, Fawn Veerasunthorn
by Walter Chaw It's possible to catch the zeitgeist express and still suck, and here's the proof: Fawn Veerasunthorn and Chris Buck's flaccid, disturbing, Les Miz-for-kids Disney flick, Wish. On the verge of giving her fondest wish to the autocrat King Magnifico (Chris Pine) in exchange for his beneficent magical protection, 17-year-old Asha (Ariana DeBose) discovers that Magnifico is actually a fanatical, power-drunk, authoritarian zealot. His greatest fear is that one of his people in the kingdom of Rosas may nurse a fond wish that leads to his downfall, so he hoards them, extracting them during a ritual from his people as they grow from childhood to the rest of their wish-less lives. He keeps them as bubbles of blue smoke in a glass observatory in his castle. Why doesn't he just destroy the ones he deems dangerous?