A Brief Review – The Monkey King (2023)

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      Netflix puts out a lot of low quality content in my opinion as they just try to fill their platform with enough stuff to keep subscribers interested.  I figure 9/10 things they create is total garbage (my opinion).  But now and then they do something interesting and good.

      This morning I watched “The Monkey King”.  The only reason I gave it a chance is because it was animated (Netflix seems to have a higher success rate there) and I enjoyed the non-animated Monkey King series they created a few years ago which they killed off before the story was done unfortunately.

      This one appears to be a prequel to the non-animated series.

      I started to watch this and I was drawn in and on the edge of my seat.  It’s a unique telling of the story.  It is very fanciful, colorful and has some cool music in it of different genres.  The Monkey King theme was hard rock/metal and it was really cool.

      I detected no wokeness in this and I just found it fun and enjoyable.

      Highly recommended for adults and or children.


      Thanks a lot for sharing this. The east has some really great lore. Kung Fu Panda was the one time I thought the West really gave a gift to the east. It was done well. I like the animal forms of Kung Fu and things like that and the concepts of Zen. There are so many very good stories from the East that have yet to be animated that would totally work. I really liked the Grace Lin books. Also, my man Lloyd Alexander has one called The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen that was yet, another very enjoyable tale. I was very surprised how much I enjoyed Raya and the Last Dragon. Then, of course, Airbender has a great world. There are more that haven’t come to mind yet, but you are right about that. The East offers some really good stories that seem to fit perfect into animation. Eastern animation film can still go much further if they ever decide to put even more money behind it and promote their culture.

      On a side note, years ago, I went to see Shen Yun and was totally impressed that every single ballet dance number, told an individual story and you could totally follow it. It’s something I hope the Russians took notice of since ballet is their thing. I think I liked the Shen Yun style a bit more because it was almost like they would dance to plots.

      Inspired by an epic Chinese tale, THE MONKEY KING is an action-packed family comedy that follows a charismatic Monkey (Jimmy O. Yang) and his magical fighting Stick on an epic quest for victory over 100 demons, an eccentric Dragon King (Bowen Yang), and Monkey’s greatest foe of all —his own ego!


        Netflix right now appears to be adopting many stories from the east.  This is anecdotal, but it looks like a lot of Chinese stories and Korean TV series.  My daughter has been into the Korean stuff big time but it does look like it is things that would typically appeal to girls/women.

        The West has hated the East so long, places like China and Russia, we forget that they have a lot of awesome culture as well. You can hate the governments and still enjoy and appreciate their culture.

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