Just in time to celebrate the Moon Festival, the Netflix animation film Over the Moon (2020) follows young girl Fei Fei as she attempts to reach the moon in search of the mythical goddess Chang’e. Directed by Glen Keane and written by Audrey Wells, the film stars Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, Sandra and John Cho. The film highlights the legendary Chinese myth of moon goddess Chang’e and her lover Houyi the archer. YouTuber Eric from the channel Eric Reacts, shares his thoughts on the festive film highlighting Chinese and Asian culture.
This film didn’t resonate with me as much as I thought it would culturally … but the underlying story and the emotion is just too good, it doesn’t even matter that I didn’t connect culturally, I felt every bit of it.
Having little to no expectations for the film YouTuber Eric is expecting to find a shared cultural connection to the film about an ancient Chinese legend. However, he is pleasantly surprised that despite not sharing in the cultural notions of celebrating the Moon Festival and the myth of the moon goodness and the archer, he still is emotionally moved by the message of the film.
Eric finds the striking parallels between the character Fei Fei and the moon goddess Chang’e, along with their struggles to overcome emotional obstacles are excellently laid out throughout the film. It really hits that emotional chord, says the YouTuber.
The strongest part of the film was the raw emotion of the story and how Chang’e and Fei Fei’s story parallel each other, it was so beautifully done.
Emotionally poignant and visually vibrant, Eric rates the film a 9.5/10. Over the Moon is now streaming on Netflix.
YouTuber Eric from Eric Reacts, rates and reviews new movies and TV shows on his channel regularly.