Brittany Runs a Marathon
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The movie is over-the-top and ridiculous and children will love its unselfconscious jokes and striking and imaginative animation sequences. Adults will find it fun for the most part but will be frustrated at times when the movie gets the pacing wrong.
So the plot was brilliant –– Nezha's character arc (struggle against his major flaw and eventual self-discovery) was essentially perfect. The details in his playful tricks and ruses (and the scene with the bubble demon) were delightfully entertaining; the innovation of his friendship with [redacted due to spoilers] added depth to the story; one of my favourite parts (that gave me goosebumps) was the emotionally explosive, yet elegant way they explained the origin of his six-armed form.
The two things that detracted from my enjoyment of the film were: 1) the writers indulged in some scenes for far too long (including a pivotal scene at the end that's meant to be very emotional), and that 2) every char who wasn't Nezha / his father / Ao Bing was one-dimensional and boring.
The cinematography is actually quite beautiful but the script is godawful. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending––I was very impressed by Pangdemonium's "This is What Happens to Pretty Girls" (2019), therefore Ken Kwek's writing improved by leaps and bounds in the span of ten years.
Visuals are low-budget but the comedic lines make up for it. Korg had me in stitches.
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The dialogue is outstanding, even fuller of subtext than usual, and stunning action sequences like the airport fight carried by the charm of the newly introduced Peter Parker and Ant Man, but the plot is still a little thin.
The framing of Bucky and Stark's parents' death seems so temporary. The true argument between Captain America and Iron Man, about supervision, seems mature for the Marvel movies, but still doesn't reach the depth of the fundamental moral divide between Professor X and Magneto.
Cool fantasy sorcery and some of the best special effects I've ever seen in a movie. Wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did, but this is one of the best lone superhero movies! I read a great post by K.M. Weiland about why the character development wasn't as good as it should've been – Stephen Strange's interpersonal relationships never really evolve in the story, but I guess I don't expect much in the way of char development from superhero movies.