A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No clear positive messages amid the epic fantasy.
Positive Role Models
Stock action-fantasy characters.
Animated Chinese characters, voiced by Chinese actors.
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Violence & Scariness
Animated action-fantasy violence throughout. Fighting with spears, crossbows, knives, punches, kicks, magic spells. Character stabbed to death -- dead body shown. Sword fighting. Demonic imagery.
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"Bastard" used once.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the main characters has an alcohol dependency -- shown drinking and acting drunk and at times drunkenly singing the praises of getting drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that New Gods: Yang Jian is an animated Chinese action-fantasy movie in which Yang Jian (voiced by Wang Kai in the Mandarin original and Nicholas Andrew Louie in the English dub) must stop his nephew from unleashing unintended chaos on the world. Expect fantasy violence throughout, including fighting with swords, knives, spears, crossbows, punches, kicks, and magic spells. A character stabbed to death, with their dead body shown. There's also some demonic imagery. One of the lead characters has an alcohol dependency and is shown drinking and being drunk. While it's a sequel to New Gods: Nezha Reborn, this movie can be watched without having seen the previous one. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This animated Chinese action-fantasy movie is both overlong and overly complex. It's an epic with more style than substance. The animation in New Gods: Yang Jian is consistently impressive and beautiful, but without a coherent story, the striking visuals only go so far. There's a long introduction that explains what things were like in the proverbial "before time" that isn't really necessary, plus characters who don't really stand out before the actual conflict begins. This could easily have been a 90-minute movie instead of two hours and seven minutes. Sometimes fight scenes inexplicably have goofy big band music as the background, as if we're watching slapstick comedy instead of a fight to save the world. And the characters are little more than action movie archetypes, making it difficult to feel any emotional attachment to the outcome of this bombastic story.
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