Wish Dragon: Directed by Chris Appelhans. With Will Yun Lee, Jimmy O. Yang, Constance Wu, Natasha Liu Bordizzo. Determined teen Din is longing to reconnect with his childhood best friend when he meets a wish-granting dragon who shows him the magic of possibilities.
A heartfelt mix of Disney’s Aladdin and Disney’s animated version of Mulan, the entire cast of this movie appears to be either Chinese or Chinese American, which is fine, but I was surprised that a movie that was so clearly marketed to that audience would go to the lengths that it went to in showing the utter decay and rot of Chinese society and family structure. Don’t get me wrong here, this was an eminently enjoyable flick, but from the trashed suit, the crumbling building, and the corruption of the lead lady’s family, it doesn’t paint a pretty picture of the society that they’re living in.
It has wish dragons though, so it has that going for it at least!