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Monkey King: Hero Is Back

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Exciting animated tale has martial arts action, potty humor.

Movie PG 2015 87 minutes
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MONKEY KING: HERO IS BACK will engage tweens and parents looking for something different. It's an exciting computer-animated adventure that has become a cult hit in China, where it was released in 2015. The action is nonstop, the animation has some beautiful moments, and there is enough silliness to balance out all the demonic monsters seemingly around every bend.

While there is a slight tendency to get into Pixar clichés -- wacky animals with streetwise voices and lower GI issues, for instance -- these moments don't distract from the overall adventure and action that continues unabated from beginning to end. Some of the story, cultural background, and context might be lost on younger American viewers, but on the whole, once the movie takes hold, it doesn't let go.

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