A hot-headed bike racer meets the son of the Dragon King and learns about being the reincarnation of the deity known as Nezha. He must quickly find a way to harness his powers before his adversaries destroy him and everyone he holds dear.
This is one heck of a great entry into the growing Chinese 3D animation known as the Donghua. Not to be confused as a sequel to the 2019 film titled Nezha, this is from a different company even though it's about the same eponymous character.
New Gods: Nezha Reborn sees the protagonist, a young man named Li Yunxiang, learn of his connection to the ancient deity known as Nezha; he is the reincarnation of the antagonistic god.
The thing about Nezha is that he has a very bad reputation among the pantheon of Chinese gods. He is known for wreaking havoc anywhere he appears and has a bad history with the people. So, Li finding out that he is one and the same superpowered being doesn't really help him.
When the Dragon King and his evil goons find out about Li's true identity as the fire-wielding god of destruction, they plan a way to eliminate him before he has a chance to develop his incredible powers.
First off, the animation of Nezha Reborn is beautiful beyond words. The attention to detail is stunning and CGI environments look awesomely realistic.
This is, first of all, an action movie, so there is plenty of that, and then some. Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon made me geek out. This movie, even more so. I could go on and on about how wonderful every single action scene is but animation fans will just have to see it for themselves.
The plot doesn't have anything special about it and apart from the hero's cathartic journey, none of the other characters really experience growth. That and the slightly underwhelming final confrontation are the only setbacks in this awesome work of art.
The special effects are mind-blowing (Chinese 3D animated films tend to have a lot of that, by the way) and the score is epic as well. This is one Netflix movie I will be watching again and again!
New Gods: Nezha Reborn is highly recommended by yours truly as animation buffs will get a kick out of it! The director Zhao Ji did a very good and I tip my hat to him!