Bad Boys for Life
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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.