Nezha is an action-comedy Chinese CGI animated movie based on a popular Chinese mythology character and has made over 700 million dollars in China, making it the second-highest-grossing movie in China. The movie is about a human boy, Nezha, born imbued with the demon bead, who is raised by a loving human family. The boy destiny is to either destroy humanity or be destroyed by the god when he turns 3. The family tries their best to change the boy fate and raise him well. The Spirit bead (the good spirit essentially), is imbued into a newborn dragon, as he tries to change the destiny for his family. The movie plot is interesting. A boy raised by loving parents but was born to naturally be evil, contrasted with the dragon who was born naturally good, but raised by dragons who does want him to do some evil deeds. It is easy to sympathize with both characters because they are not entirely evil or good, and have their reason for doing the things they do. Nezha is just a kid who was born as a demon, making everybody naturally afraid of him, when in reality he just wants to be accepted. The family and one of the gods try their best to make him go through the right path, but the kid natural nag for destruction and trouble-making does not help at all. Nezha is a giant brat, but he is just a kid who happened to have godly power. Sure, he can be unlikeable, but he was literally born that way and trying to change that, but nobody in the village wants to accept him. That being said, this movie has lots of comedy, so it’s not just action or inner conflict, as it has lots of scene of just him causing mishaps and trying to live a normal life, getting mentor by a fat god, try to be a hero, and then the climax. It’s a movie that goes from a somewhat light-hearted comedy with some grim darkness of a family trying to raise their kid right and prevent him from being killed to an all-out Chinese kung-fu action movie with god-like powers. The jokes in the movie was funny at times as I laugh a decent amount. Granted there a decent amount of jokes that did not land, but the crowd (which mainly consists of Asian people, most likely Chinese) laugh their ass off in this movie. So, it might be just a language and cultural barrier that made some of the comedy not work for me. An example of this is the old incomplete sentence gag, which most people are familiar with, like for example if I said that guy died, and then complete the sentence by saying he died of laughter as he was killing….the show, etc. You know the gag, and it did not work for me and it was a running gag, but the crowd did laugh at it, and it is just one of those things that do not work as well just due to language barrier. That being said, the physical slapstick is a universal language which for the most part did get me to laugh. The family was endearing as they tried to be the best parent they can be, given the circumstances. While Nezha is an uncontrollable walking disaster, you can see him wanting to change and be beloved by the people, and become a hero. The villain, the one born with the spirit bead was someone you could also sympathize as he is trying to defy the gods who discriminate against monsters and help his people. That being said the character feels conflicted with the decision he makes in the movie due to his inner goodness. This all culminates to a great action climax that was awesome. The CGI in this movie does belong in the theater and while maybe not Pixar level, it is still really great and have its unique touch. I just love the action in this movie with much Chinese mythology and artifact being used with Chinese kung-fu. Granted as awesome as the climax was, it does drag. The movie is less than 2 hours long, and you do feel the running time. It does not help that the big fight scene eventually take place in what feels like where the fight would end, but just keep going as a huge comedic scene. Which again the comedy is funny, but I wish they could have wrapped up the climax a bit faster personally, and maybe toned down the comedy a bit. Overall I had a fun time watching this movie and give it a B.
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT
Dream: Done with Vampire Bund. Will be working on a review of it before I hop into the next Funi series. Hoping to get it up either tonight or tomorrow, depending on how lengthy my thoughts get.
Jan 24, 2020 1:44:49 GMT