Disney’s next big movie release is “Chang Can Dunk”, which is coming exclusively to Disney+ on Friday, 10th March 2023.
“Chang Can Dunk” follows Chang, a 16-year-old, Asian American high school student in the marching band, who bets the school basketball star that he can dunk by Homecoming. The bet leads the 5 ’8″ Chang on a quest to find the hops he needs to dunk in order to impress his crush, Kristy, and finally gain the attention and respect of his high school peers. But before he can rise up and truly throw one down, he’ll have to reexamine everything he knows about himself, his friendships and his family.
Following the film’s premiere in Hollywood, critics around the world have been sharing their early thoughts on the film, giving us a hint at what the film is like.
Here’s my social media reaction to “Chang Can Dunk”:
#ChangCanDunk is a solid sports-themed film. It does hit all of the stereotypical high school film tropes, but it does have some twists along the way that make it more interesting. It's full of heart. Bloom Li is great. It's ok & worth checking out. Hits #disneyplus on Friday pic.twitter.com/ZF0w7IBwMg
And here are some other critics’ responses to the film:
#ChangCanDunk is inspirational despite its familiarity. The coming-of-age high school basketball film celebrates the underdog and Asian-Americans & Asian immigrant stories. I wish I had these kind of films where I could see myself in the characters back when i was in high school. pic.twitter.com/Nyktnxcrsv
SEEN! #ChangCanDunk is a familiar play until it no longer is. There are clear directorial & storytelling debut marks here & there, but a major halftime turn & neat nuances ultimately make everything satisfying. A “success story” that is also an inspection of “success.” pic.twitter.com/ZONDWoSKpw
It's good to see a high school coming-of-age film starts Asian American with discussion of finding identity. I like #Changcandunk 's mother and son relationship showing the different points of views between the first and second generation of immigrants.On Disney+March 10th pic.twitter.com/WkyXxXlO8f
Chang Can Dunk starts off inspirational, however things take a turn about halfway through. As a parent, the lessons being taught to children don't sit well with me & the conflict is resolved a bit too quickly. It's not all bad, but it's not all good either. #ChangCanDunkpic.twitter.com/jVbWTAOLDC
#ChangCanDunk offers the kind of uplifting story that we all need now and then. While it hits its own highs and lows at times, the film manages to come together in an inspiring way on the challenges of finding out where we belong. pic.twitter.com/haUD1sNWge
CHANG CAN DUNK is not just a basketball film, it's possibly the feel good film of the year – really enjoyed it. Superb debut feature from Jingyi Shao, really excited to see what he does next. Bloom Li and Dexter Darden absolutely steal the show
#ChangCanDunk is an Asian American love letter to hoops culture & one of the super rare films that features Asian & Black leads. The friendships, mentorship & romance in this story are so great. It’s the kind of film I wish I had as a kid.
CHANG CAN DUNK was a spirited, heartfelt, genuine coming-of-age underdog film that resonated with me, an Asian-American/immigrant who came to USA, 24 years ago desperately trying to fit in at high school & awkwardly trying to get the attention of the girl I liked.#ChangCanDunkpic.twitter.com/MRZDz1ccb1
I really enjoyed #ChangCanDunk a lot, it was funny and relatable with some genuine heartfelt moments. You think the movie is going one way but it makes a turn that makes the story and characters more fleshed out. Wish I could have seen movies like this when I was a kid growing up
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.