Netflix’s Next Gen is animated which means it’s adorable and I love cute characters, so I’m a bit biased. But really, it’s great in that department. The soundtrack is pretty good too and for an animated film with not a very high budget, it’s pretty damn awesome. It’s a fairly new movie so I’ve tried my best not to include spoilers!
The plot isn’t very original but it’s a kids movie so I’m going to cut it some slack. Next Gen revolves around young, lonely slightly outcast Mai (Charlyne Yi) and her new friend who is a robot, 7723 (John Krasinski). It’s set in the future where technology is everywhere, all the time. Robots even function as companions in this world!
Mai doesn’t have a functioning relationship with her mum who is quite disconnected and doesn’t pay attention. She’s not very affectionate and isn’t a positive figure in Mai’s life.
Mai believes robots are the reason why the world is so messed up and everyone is so out of touch with their emotions. When she first meets 7723, she believes she’s going to use him for revenge. She does try to do that through a series of immoral acts at first but then they start to bond and it gets better for them both.
When faced with an enemy, they realize they will play roles bigger than themselves and becomes better beings. They both self-reflect and understand they have faults but choose to get over their differences and act together as a team. Mai and 7723 evolve and make positive impacts on each other, which is quite interesting to watch. 7723 becomes more human-like. Mai becomes more responsible.
There are a few unexpected twists here and there which make it enjoyable if you’re not a kid but forced to watch it with a sibling. It’s funny and the action sequences look terrific. It’s bound to bring a smile to your face. Great movie for a chill evening too!
Next Gen is great for kids. The actors who play the characters have done a fantastic job. The movie has positive messages and role-models that can be looked up to. It’s also a great starting point if you wanna have a chat with your kids or siblings about technology and how it use it for the better. There’s no foul language. There are a couple of scenes of introspection for children, so honestly, it’s excellent.
The film might be a little slow but otherwise, a pleasure to watch overall.