Netflix’s “The Monkey King” falls flat as an underwhelming animated film, unable to blend humor, heart, and action into a compelling narrative. The film’s cautious approach to the Chinese legend lacks the cultural richness and originality needed to resonate with viewers. Director Anthony Stacchi’s exploration of the hero’s journey lacks depth, occasionally punctuated by martial arts-inspired sequences that struggle to offset mundane dialogue and episodic encounters. The partnership between the Monkey King and Lin attempts to provide structure, but the film ultimately fails to fully captivate. Bowen Yang’s portrayal of the Dragon King brings some vibrancy, but “The Monkey King” falls short of Netflix’s more ambitious animated endeavors. Visit flixtor for more!
The Monkey King | August 18, 2023 (United States)
Director: Anthony StacchiWriter: Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, Rita HsiaoStars: Jimmy O. Yang, Bowen Yang, Jolie Hoang-RappaportSummary: Inspired by an epic Chinese tale, translated into an action-packed comedy, a Monkey and his magical fighting Stick battle demons, dragons, gods and the greatest adversary of all - Monkey's e... Read all
Countries: China, Hong Kong, United StatesLanguages: English, Chinese