Review: 'The Monkey King' may drive younger viewers bananas

Review: 'The Monkey King' may drive younger viewers bananas

By Alifereti Sakiasi
Friday 18/08/2023
[Photo: Sportskeeda]

It's clear early on in "The Monkey King," debuting Friday on Netflix, that the title character is going to be hard to like.

The Chinese warrior, who wields an Excalibur-like stick as a weapon, shoots lasers from his eyes when he's upset.

He treats his doting sidekick with contempt. He's more interested in being promoted to god status than saving any villages.

The film, directed by Anthony Stacchi ("Open Season"), has its lighter moments, including a Cab Calloway-inspired number that could have fit in "The Little Mermaid."

The action scenes owe as much to Bugs Bunny as they do to Bruce Lee.

But our "hero," voiced by comedian Jimmy O, Yang, is no wascally wabbit.

Every time you think he's going to redeem himself, he commits an even more selfish act.

He may be the most annoying monkey since Marcel overstayed his welcome on "Friends."

There's a message here about the perils of an inflated ego.

But that lesson may get lost on children expecting something a little more cuddly.

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