14 July 2024

Netflix Review – She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018)

Remakes and reboots are coming out left and right these days. Even Netflix has started picking up on the trend with titles like Devilman Crybaby, One Day At A Time, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Though very few reboots keep audiences interested, Netflix mostly manages to maintain my interest. When a Netflix reboot of She-Ra was announced some time ago, I was immediately on board.

In this new version of the cult classic series, Adora is a teenage girl raised as a member of the Horde. The Horde is a group of individuals known to leave destruction and death in their wake especially against Princesses; Individuals that Adora has been raised to believe are impulsive and deadly. When a mission with her friend Catra leads them deep inside the Whispering Woods, Adora finds a sword stuck in the ground that fascinates her. Once she touches it, her life, beliefs, and powers will never be the same.

The writing behind this remake is similar and yet so far from the She-Ra of the past. The inclusion of various races, sexual orientation, and combating the contrived views of gender expression is extremely appealing especially towards fans of shows like Steven universe. At its core, the premise isn’t hard to get invested in as Adora meets very diverse characters that expand her worldview and her powers grow stronger.

Aside from its well written protagonist, the antagonists Shadow Weaver and Catra are fascinating in their right. Catra’s emotions and rage are explored in great depth are the series progresses, but unfortunately, Shadow Weaver’s compelling background is thrown on the backburner. I would have liked a bit more attention to the bomb that was dropped when Shadow Weaver’s identity was revealed but it’s certainly something a second season could rectify.

Dreamworks is behind the animation and I cannot express enough how glad I am that She-Ra didn’t get heavy CGI treatment. Instead, the animation is more anime-esque like Avatar and Korra. Action sequences are not choppy and consistently appealing though for the most part fights are briefer than I would like. Various parts of Eternia that Adora and her friends travel are colourful and carry just as much range as their personalities.

With impressive voice acting, beautiful animation, and well written story, Adora and The Princesses of Power has plenty of appeal to children and adults alike. Its diversity and hints of various sexual orientations are sure to be a hit for fans of Steven Universe. Animated titles with women as the primary cast aren’t made as much they should be and this series joins the likes of Netflix‘s Little Witch Academia. I eagerly await news of a second season since the series ends with plenty of room for this title to return. Fans of the original will most likely cry and whine about the best parts of the series but thankfully many episodes of the original live on Netflix for their viewing pleasure.

Pierre Brown | [rating=4]

Adventure, Fantasy | USA, 2018 | PG |  Season One | 13 Episodes | Netflix Originals | Created: Noelle Stevenson |Aimee Carrero, Joe Amato, Lauren Ash

Watch: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power | Season One

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