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Movie Review on ‘Wish’ - Part I

Disney’s Wish (2023):
Gnostic Initiation for Children

Film review of Wish, directed by Chris Buck & Fawn Veerasunthorn, 2023

Salwa Bachar & Isabel Camacho
Journey to Bethlehem

Wish movie poster

On November 22, 2023, Disney released Wish, an original animated musical film in celebration of the 100th year of the company. The film is a kind of synthesis of the Disney franchise, expressing its vision. Despite the film’s poor ratings, it is an important landmark that seems to be Disney showing its true colors – namely, its Gnostic doctrine. In this review we will explain how this doctrine reveals itself in Wish, and why we believe Disney is attempting to initiate children into Gnosis.

Plot summary

Set in the late 1250s off the coast of southern Spain, the handsome and narcissistic sorcerer King Magnifico and his wife Queen Amaya started their own kingdom on a Mediterranean island and called it the Kingdom Rosas (seen in the film’s first musical sequence, Rosas). Magnifico protects the “wishes” of his people – each wish is a small transparent floating sphere – and each subject on his 18th birthday offers to the King his deepest desire.

Magnifico takes that wish and keeps it in a tower, and the person forgets it. Once a month, the King holds a Wish Ceremony where he grants one wish he thinks will benefit his Kingdom. Beloved by his subjects, King Magnifico is presented as the benevolent ruler of Rosas, a kingdom of immigrants from around the world who come in order to join this utopian society.

Wish opening scene Rosas

Top left, the beginning storybook sequence; Asha dances with locals in the first song, ‘Rosas’

A black girl of mixed descent named Asha goes to an apprenticeship interview with King Magnifico. He shows Asha the wishes of Rosas (in the sequence At All Costs), which is an immense privilege, since no one is allowed to see the wishes. Asha sees her grandfather’s wish and runs to it, holding it in her hands.

Magnifico & Asha in the Wish Tower Room, top left & middle; Asha finds her grandfather’s wish at left; Magnifico holds the wishes in his arms at center

Upset upon finding her grandfather’s wish, Asha asks Magnifico to grant his wish. He refuses, saying that this wish – which is to create something to inspire the next generation – is too dangerous and vague, and could lead to uprisings and the subsequent destruction of Rosas.

He then reveals that he will not grant most of the wishes, but he “keeps them safe.” Asha becomes indignant and argues defiantly that people deserve to have their wishes granted. Magnifico responds authoritatively that only he decides what is best for Rosas. He then denies Asha the apprenticeship, and she returns home angry.

Asha argues with Magnifico

Asha argues with Magnifico after having seen her grandfather’s wish
& knowing it will not be granted

She recounts the interview to her grandfather and mother, who scold her for wanting to defy Magnifico and for questioning his decisions. So she runs off into the forest and wishes upon a star for justice (“This Wish”).

Asha sings 'This Wish'

Asha runs away from home & into the forest, singing:
‘So I make this wish to have something more for us than this’

An actual star – presented as a cute “ball of boundless energy” that does not speak – falls from the sky, projecting a wave of magical light over Rosas, and Star befriends Asha. Star sprinkles stardust on Valentino and the forest animals and plants, which all gain the ability to talk. An “empowering” musical sequence ensues, showing that all beings – humans, animals, plants – are made of stardust ("I’m a Star").

Asha and the forest animals sing 'I'm a Star'

Star meets Asha; she & the forest animals sing ‘I’m a Star’, a suspiciously ‘gay’-esque
empowerment song with animals dancing & strutting

Star then encourages Asha to retrieve her grandfather’s and mother’s wishes, convincing Asha that it is not stealing because the wishes “do not belong to him.”

At this point, Magnifico realizes someone has used magic – which is forbidden for everyone in Rosas except him – in order to produce the mysterious light seen earlier. He senses the wishes of Rosas have been affected and he realizes he has been threatened. Magnifico enters into an effeminate rage to find the “traitor” in the song "This is the Thanks I Get.”

Magnifico enters an effeminate rage

Magnifico enters into a rage & beats magic dolls representing the people of Rosas;
top right, Magnifico handing out cookies of himself

Magnifico resorts to using the forbidden magic he swore never to use in order to put a stop to Asha's initiatives. Becoming obsessed by his book of dark magic, he starts to consume people’s wishes – which he initially swore to protect – in order to gain more power. Meanwhile, Asha approaches her diverse group of friends and persuades them that Magnifico is not the person he appears to be, but is actually a liar and a tyrant.

Together with the Queen, who joins them because she also realizes Magnifico is evil, they plan a “Revolution” to overthrow him, shown in the song "What I Know Now.” They devise a plot to break into his tower and to release all of the wishes, so that people may become empowered again by regaining the part of themselves they lost.

Asha and her friends plot a Revolution against Magnifico

Asha convinces her friends to start a Revolution against Magnifico: Dahlia, the Magnifico cookie maker, throws down a cookie & Dario proceeds to stomp on it; Gabo makes a subliminal devil horns gesture; the friends carry Valentino the goat; Queen Amaya joins the Revolution

Asha and her friends execute their plan; the wishes start to be released from the tower and into the sky, and Star rejoices. Then, Magnifico appears and uses the forbidden magic to capture all of the wishes and Star for himself, consuming Star and becoming an all-powerful sorcerer. Asha, who is being bound by King Magnifico’s evil magic, remembers a lesson taught to her by her father, affirmed by Star and the talking (and singing) animals earlier – that “we are all stars” ("I’m a Star").

She reminds the people of this and they begin to awaken in themselves a glowing ball in their bodies (representing the part of their soul that is their wish). Doing this, they are empowered, realizing that altogether they are more powerful than the evil magic because they have star-power within them. They overthrow Magnifico by making a collective wish to dethrone him and he gets trapped into the staff he had made to harness power. Their wishes are returned to them, and Star is released.

Asha fights Magnifico

Asha fights Magnifico in the last battle scene & encourages the people of Rosas to make a collective wish, saying ‘We can take this on if we align [like stars]’; the people defeat Magnifico, Asha is triumphant, the wishes are released & gently fall on the people like meteors

After the King is overthrown and loses his power, the Queen steps up as the new ruler, and Star transforms Asha into a fairy godmother and then returns to the sky. People start to pursue their dreams without the help of magic, with Asha there to overlook and help when necessary.

Asha's happy ending

Asha holds Valentino the goat and  the magic wand given to her by Star; everyone lives ‘happily ever after’ with their wishes granted and without King Magnifico

The doctrine of Gnosis


Gnosis pretends to have a hidden knowledge of the universe

There are many things wrong with this movie: the misrepresentation of the Middle Ages as pagan and turned toward magic, the promotion of spontaneity, vulgarity, feminism, class struggle and revolt against authority. But the key to understanding the film is Gnosis.

What is Gnosis? A Greek term for knowledge, Gnosis is a doctrine that affirms that the creation of the material universe was a disaster that can only be redeemed by liberating ourselves from matter through a hidden knowledge – which is Gnosis. In this or that way Gnosis is the inspirer of all the false religions, heresies and the Revolution.

According to Gnosis, the spiritual universe initially existed in a great harmony, until an evil Demiurge, Creator God or Yaldabaoth created the material universe by fragmenting the universe’s energy into aeons – divine particles – which are present in all material beings (minerals, plants, animals, humans). This Demiurge is also responsible for having created Adam and Eve. This “Evil” God - in fact, the real God of Scriptures - tried to keep the knowledge of his tyrannical control over the aeons away from Adam and Eve by commanding them not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

According to this theogony, opposed to this “Evil God” is the authentic “Good God” – the one who kept the spiritual universe in its original equilibrium and the one we know today as the Devil or Satan. The supposed "Evil God" defeated the “Good God"(Satan), and maintained  control by establishing the Catholic Church.

It was the “Good God” who inspired the Serpent to open the eyes of Eve and Adam to the tyranny of the “Evil Creator God.” When Eve ate of that Tree of Knowledge (Genesis 3:6) her eyes were opened, and she turned away from the “Evil God.” Thus, Eve is revered by the various Gnostic sects as being the "illuminator" of mankind, because she opened the door for mankind to once again reunite with this light, which had been “locked away” by the Creator God.

So, we see that this fable presents Lucifer as the “True God” who enables Eve to reach her full spiritual potential through knowledge, or Gnosis. This doctrine of the Gnostic sects is openly preached in sects such as the Ophites, the Naasenes and the Sethians, but is kept occult in all Gnostic sects which at depth are Luciferian and serpent-worshiping. This final explanation is given only to those fully initiated in the sects.

Application of Gnosis to Wish

Tyrannical Creator God

Top, a statue of Magnifico in Rosas; bottom, Magnifico hold’s Asha’s grandfather’s wish & refuses to grant it

This Gnostic cosmogony fits perfectly with the story of Wish: Magnifico is an all-powerful being who keeps control of his subjects by preventing them from realizing their wishes, which he keeps in a tower, just as the Creator God keeps people from fulfilling their bad wishes through Catholic Morals.

These wishes, represented in the film as a ball of luminous energy, happen to have stardust as their source, which would be the aeons of the gnostics. Some gnostic sects actually describe the aeon/stardust as being electrical and magnetic in its essence, which further supports this impression.

The stardust origin theory naturally supports the theory of evolution – the idea that through evolution, mankind was born. Then, we would all have to evolve from one stage to the next in order to eventually return to the original happiness.


Star teaches Asha that she is made of stardust, just like all the animals & plants in the forest

This stardust/evolution theory flatly contradicts fundamental tenets of Catholic teaching, which says that man was created by God from the earth, not stardust. A consequence of this denial is also the denial of original sin: After man was created, he was placed in the terrestrial paradise and committed original sin by disobeying God. Another consequence is the denial of the Redemption of Our Lord Jesus Christ... Thus we see that this error regarding the origin of man brings down the entire Catholic Faith.

Further, Asha – which is actually a pagan Zoroastrian term meaning “truth” or “righteousness” – would be Eve. After having partaken of the “forbidden fruit,” which was seeing her grandfather’s wish, Asha’s eyes were opened and she realized that Magnifico was not good, but a tyrant because he was keeping the light (the aeons/wishes) away from the people of Rosas.

Star – clearly a representation of Lucifer since traditional exegesis interprets the fallen stars in the Bible as the fallen angels (Apocalypse 1:20 and 12:4) – was revealing to Asha the right way to salvation, which is to revolt against Magnifico (the Creator) and take back the wishes that he had stolen by inducing all men into open Revolution.

Defiant Asha

Inspired by Star, a defiant Asha declares her ‘I will not serve’ and overthrows Magnifico



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