Max on Movies: NIMONA

It’s a minor miracle that the film exists at all, given its troubled path to completion. Originally a Fox Animation / Blue Sky Studios project, Nimona was thrown into limbo when Disney bought Fox and dissolved Blue Sky Studios. Much of the film had already been animated, and some of the voice actors (including Chloë Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed) were already cast, but the new executives in charge had issues with the LGBTQIA+ content of the film and were leaning toward cancelling the whole thing. Both Riz Ahmed and Chloë Grace Moretz spoke about the film in interviews, hoping that a studio would come along to finish and release the film.


his film is in great hands considering that writer and director J.A. Bayona is no stranger to fantastic tales of survival having also directed The Impossible (2012), which documents the events of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Though he handles the material with a considerable amount of sensitivity for real-life counterparts of his characters, Bayona also does not shy away from the brutality and horrific reality of what these individuals underwent.