E.T., Elliot the Dragon, and the whole gang from the Hundred Acre Wood, you have a new sibling. Okja, the genetically mutated Superpig (who kinda looks more like a hippo to me) is a miracle of modern filmmaking.
This happy, cuddly, enormous smiling beast -- who'll giddily jump in a lagoon when her owner wants to collect fish – is going to drive the 10-and-under set insane with instant love. And that's before they learn that she farts on command and shoots poops at baddies.
Which is why Netflix has a problem. Well, maybe Netflix doesn't have a problem, but parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts do. Okja, directed by South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) and co-written by Jon Ronson (the guy who wants you to think twice before shaming someone on Twitter), is an extraordinary and emotional adventure with thrills and laughs and next-level special effects. It's about a little girl who will stop at nothing to rescue her pet from evil, greedy people. (Tilda Swinton is Okja's PR-spinning take on Cruella De Vil.) There are sequences that are right from the Spielberg playbook.