A Journey through Orion’s Fears
In the animated realm of “Orion and the Dark,” young Orion, played by Jacob Tremblay, unravels a multitude of fears, from schoolyard challenges to the phobias listed in his sketchbook. Among them, the most daunting is his fear of darkness, embodied by the character Dark (Paul Walter Hauser) and his nocturnal companions.
Nightly Adventures Unveiled
The film delves into the nightly escapades of Dark and his associates – Sleep, Sweet Dreams, Insomnia, Quiet, and Unexplained Noises. Contrary to the ominous connotations, their activities are portrayed as surprisingly benign, offering a fresh perspective on the mysteries of the night.
The Dance Between Light and Dark
As the narrative unfolds, it becomes apparent that Dark is not the malevolent force portrayed in common fears. His desire to be accepted and understood is hindered by people’s preconceived notions. Orion’s encounter with Dark sets the stage for a unique exploration of the interplay between light and dark, both literally and metaphorically.
Facing the Night’s Embrace
The film invites viewers to confront the universal unease associated with darkness. It poignantly captures the essence of this fear, depicting how many of us seek solace in the faintest glow before bedtime, be it a bedside lamp or a corridor light. Orion’s struggle with his fear takes center stage when he must confront Dark head-on.
Dark’s Redemption Quest
Dark, portrayed as a sympathetic character, yearns for acceptance and attempts to change the perception that casts him as a villain. A compelling question arises – can Orion, guided by the persistent Light, alter his perspective and bring Dark back from the shadows?
The Verdict – A Light Touch with Predictability
Despite its noble message of facing fears, “Orion and the Dark” falls prey to predictability. The film, although suitable for an adult audience, lacks the gripping moments that leave a lasting impact. Its decision to bypass theaters in favor of a Netflix release suggests a narrative that may not have resonated strongly with a wider audience.
In conclusion, while “Orion and the Dark” may not offer groundbreaking storytelling, its portrayal of overcoming fears may find resonance with those seeking a lighthearted exploration of confronting the darkness within.