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'Nimona' Review: Chloe Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed Voice the Delightfully Subversive Netflix Animated Film

This new animated film, premiering on Netflix, starts off exactly as you’d think a fairy tale would. After all, the first words we hear are, “Once upon a time a kingdom lived in peace.”

But don’t be fooled. Nimona Based on ND Stevenson’s acclaimed graphic novel, it’s a far cry from your average fairy tale in the animated film. Cheeky irreverence and hilarious subversion, it’s a constant delight.


Bottom line Sequel please.

release date
: Friday, June
: Chloe Grace Morris , Riz Ahmed , Eugene Lee Young, Francis Conroy, Lorraine Toussaint, Baker Bennett, India Moore, RuPaul Charles, Julio Torres, Sarah Sherman director: Nick Bruno, Troy Quinn Screenwriter: Robert L. Baird, Lloyd Taylor Rated PG, 1 hour 41 Minutes

After this quiet introduction, the plot Jump forward a thousand years and the story takes place in a futuristic medieval kingdom with skyscrapers and ancient fortresses. The story begins with a cheesy newscast hosted by two overenthusiastic anchors (Indya Moore, RuPaul), covering the kingdom’s “Night of Knights,” a reality TV-style contest. Among the contenders are the insecure, one-armed Ballister Bold Hart (Riz Ahmed), his boyfriend and fellow knight-in-training, Ambrosius Gordon Long (Eugene Li Yang) encouraged him to work hard.

Much to his surprise, Ballister won the match. But just as he’s being knighted by Queen Valerin (Lorraine Toussaint, who can make weather forecasts sound regal), a deadly ray from his sword kills her. Charged with murder, he’s suddenly forced to go on the run and finds an unlikely ally in Nimona (Chloe Grace Moretz), a kingdom repulsive maiden.

Nimona – the kind of uninhibited person who, seeing Ballister’s prosthetic, commented viciously, “Damn arm! Did they let you keep the old one?” – proof is an unlikely partner, especially since Ballister was once assigned to kill her. But her ability to shapeshift into creatures like sharks, cats, gorillas, dragons, and even a seemingly innocent young boy proved to be very useful. As in her ferocious fighting spirit, when engaging a group of Ballister’s pursuers, she shouted: “The One-Armed Club is recruiting!”

The main character is quoted because, thanks to From a witty script by Robert L. Baird and Lloyd Taylor, she’s remarkably easy to quote and one of the most delightful animated antiheroes to emerge in recent years. Despite her badass qualities, she’s very relatable in being the victim of a misunderstood kingdom. When Ballister asked why she was helping him, she replied, “Because I’m bored and everyone hates me.”

Superb design greatly enhances the character’s effectiveness Sex, bringing her every volatile emotion to life, and Moretz’s sterling work in particular ranks as one of the best and raucous voice-over performances in a long time. Ahmed works in a necessarily more sober way, is just as strong, and shows just as much genuine pathos as the falsely accused knight. All voice performances throughout the film are excellent, including Frances Conroy as the domineering “director” of the knight training “Academy” and former SNL

actor Baker Bennett as the commanding People hate knights.

Directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quinn, who previously collaborated on the delightful Shapeshifting Agents , deliver a consistently snappy, The quality of the fast-paced action, gorgeous computer animation is jaw-dropping throughout. Christophe Beck’s orchestral score, inspired by various other musical styles – including some punk rock interludes that befit Nimona’s character (no less than the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones provides guitar riffs) – is another strong contribution.

One of the film’s most compelling aspects is its touching treatment of the tender romantic relationship between Ballister and Ambrosius, including holding hands and kissing. When Disney reportedly inherited the project after acquiring Fox and closing down the film’s original production company Blue Sky Studios

, These elements reportedly scared off Disney. Annapurna Animation then picked up the movie, now

on Netflix
. Disney’s loss is their gain.

Full credits

Production company: Annapurna Animation
Distributor: Netflix Cast: Chloe Murray Riz Ahmed, Eugene Lee Young, Francis Conroy, Lorraine Toussaint, Baker Bennett, India Moore, RuPaul Charles, Julio Torres , Sarah Sherman Director: Nick Bruno, Troy QuaneWriters: Robert Baird, Lloyd Taylor Producers: Karen Ryan, Julie Zackary, Roy Lee Executive Producers: Megan Ellison, Robert Baird, Andrew Milstein, John Bowles Middleton Editors: Randy Trager, Erin Crackel Production Designers: Aidan Sugano, Jeff Turley Composer: Christophe Becki Cast: Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon , Libby Thomas Dickey Rated PG, 1 hour 41 minute

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