Movie Review: Over The Moon is full of warmth and hope
Science is logical. Science is facts. But science is also the hard truth, and sometimes truth hurts. Where science fails, faith creates magic. Over The Moon is the story of faith, imagination and love.
The story follows a smart, determined girl named Fei Fei. As she struggles to come to terms with the loss of her mother at an early age, she takes on a mission to find Chang’e, the moon goddess in Chinese mythology. Fei Fei wants to prove that the moon goddess is real. To do so, she builds a rocket and blasts off. She winds up on a wild adventure where she meets space creatures and learns about the power of her imagination.
If the storyline sounds familiar, you’re not wrong. Though not a Disney movie, Over The Moon has a lot of traces of Disney films — be it in its characters, storyline, visuals and even music. There are a lot of inspirations, The Wizard of Oz, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast to name a few. But it’s also a heartwarming film. Coping with grief is not easy, especially for a child who has lost her mother. It’s natural for her not to understand why the world wants her to move on. Her anguish and disappointment gives shape to her brilliant imagination. There are few heartwarming scenes which make the film a nice watch.
Netflix is trying its hands in animation and it succeeded with Klaus. Over The Moon is a more ambitious project, in a sense that the animation is too sharp sometimes. You may as well be playing a video game. Despite that the visuals are beautiful, and many times breathtakingly real. The music is average but there’s glimpses of few good melodies. But overall, it’s a good watch for kids sitting home during this pandemic; imagination never harmed anyone.