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.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT