Since people keep on asking me about/recommending Netflix’s The New Legends of Monkey, here’s my brief mention that’s going in the bibliography of Monkey the RPG (which gets in because I’ve had to do a complete layout tweak, pesky margins!)
The New Legends of Monkey (Netflix 2018)
A complete retelling of the tale, to make it an action-packed if somewhat duller version of the epic. Not recommended if you want to watch a version that is 100% faithful to either the letter or spirit of the novel*
*which is where I stand on it (since people keep on asking me). Watched 1st episode and about half second and then gently dozed off. Much rather spend my time watching all of the 1986 China TV Journey to West series, that is on YouTube, or even the old 80s Japanese TV Monkey, which is available in box set. It reminded me of the BBCs Merlin series, aimed fairly and squarely the teen audience. Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West films (Conquering Demons/The Demons Strike Back) is much much more fun and faithful to the source material if you want a quick introduction to Monkey.
As for The New Legends… I’m going to go away and forget it ever exists. My damning with faint praise mention is my last word on it! 😛
But behold you can make up your own mind, here’s the official Trailer!