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Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed, Eugene Lee Yang, Frances Conroy, Lorraine Toussaint, Beck Bennett, Indya Moore, RuPaul Charles, Julio Torres, Sarah Sherman
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Netflix animated sci-fi fantasy adventure comedy directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane. Nimona (2023) centers on Ballister Boldheart (Riz Ahmed), a knight in a futuristic medieval world who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. The only one who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona (Chloë Grace Moretz), a mischievous shapeshifting teen who happens to be the monster he’s sworn to destroy.
Nimona: If you want a happily ever after, you can never let your guard down, because the monsters are always out there.
Nate Knight: So tonight, only one question remains. Will the kingdom accept this knight who might not be right?
Ambrosius Goldenloin: And will Ballister be broody on the biggest day of his life?
Ballister Boldheart: I’m not brooding. I’m just, I’m thinking. This is my thinking face.
Queen Valerin: Congratulations, Sir Boldheart. Let a new era of heroes begin with you.
Nimona: Some of us don’t get the happily ever after we’re looking for, because it ain’t that kind of kingdom. And this ain’t that kind of story.
Reporter #1: [referring to Ballister] He’s a murderer!
Reporter #2: He’s a monster.
Nimona: He’s perfect.
Nimona: I love the secret lair. The garbage and the smell of sadness really pull the whole thing together.
Ballister Boldheart: Wait. Who are you?
Nimona: The name’s Nimona.
Nimona: I’m here about the job.
Ballister Boldheart: Job? What job?
Nimona: Oh, it’s all here in my application.
Ballister Boldheart: This is just a bunch of drawings. Very disturbing drawings.
Ballister Boldheart: Oh, look, it’s me. On a rhinoceros, skewering several guards like a human kebab.
Nimona: Yeah! Do you like it? I thought a visual aid would really make my resume pop.
Nimona: Your sidekick has arrived!
Ballister Boldheart: I don’t need a side…
Nimona: Every villain needs a sidekick.
Nimona: Who do you want to kill first?
Ballister Boldheart: I’m not killing anybody.
Nimona: [referring to Thoddues] This one. This guy looks extremely punchable.
Ballister Boldheart: You’re right. He is actually extremely punchable.
Ballister Boldheart: That is not a murder wall. It’s an innocence wall?
Ballister Boldheart: I’m not a villain! No!
Ballister Boldheart: What? Are you disappointed that I’m not a murderer?
Nimona: I mean, a little.
Nimona: [as she’s breaking Ballister out of jail] You could sit here for the rest of eternity, slowly watching your muscles atrophy, your skin turning to rot, your nails growing into long, curly-fry-looking talons. You know there’s no toilet in there.
Ballister Boldheart: Okay. Okay, but I lead. If you see anyone…
Nimona: Murder them.
Ballister Boldheart: Hide! If you see anyone, hide.
Nimon: Fine, because we’re still going to break stuff.
'Once everyone sees you as a villain, that's what you are. They only see you one way, no matter how hard you try.' - Nimona Click To Tweet
Nimona: He is a murderer, of fun.
Ballister Boldheart: Did you even have a plan?
Nimona: This is the plan! I break you out, chaos, destruction, something, something, something, we win.
Ballister Boldheart: Oh, of course. The “old something, something, something, we win”. That’s a terrible plan.
Nimona: It’s better than your plan of, “I’m going to sit in the dark and mope in a room with no toilet.”
Ballister Boldheart: I was not moping! Knights don’t mope. We brood. I was brooding.
Ballister Boldheart: What are you?
Nimona: I’m Nimona!
Ballister Boldheart: So, you’re a girl and a rhino?
Nimona: I’m a lot of things.
Nimona: Are you going to be okay?
Ballister Boldheart: No!
Nimona: You promised.
Ballister Boldheart: Right!
Nimona: Right. You promised not to freak out!
Ballister Boldheart: No. Turn right!
Ballister Boldheart: Oh, no.
Nimona: Something, something, something, we win.
Ballister Boldheart: How long was I out for?
Nimona: Oh. Fifteen years.
Ballister Boldheart: Fifteen years?
Nimona: Don’t be so gullible. It was just a couple of hours.
Ballister Boldheart: How did I get here?
Nimona: Oh, I dragged you for like seven miles.
Ballister Boldheart: What happened?
Nimona: Your head bounced on the sidewalk a few times.
Ballister Boldheart: It’s all so foggy.
Nimona: Really? Well, you thanked me, said you’d forever be in my debt, and that we’d always be best friends. Totally happened.
Nimona: Hey, I spruced up the lair. I arranged all the weapons here in order of deadliness, unchildproofed the place, opened all the poisons laying around, and pulled some rusty nails one centimeter out of the floorboards. Overall, just made it much more evil lairy in here.
Nimona: Evil Larry. That’s a great villain name. You should totally change your name.
Ballister Boldheart: Never going to happen.
Nimona: Whatever, Larry.
Nimona: I updated your murder wall. Oops. Plus, I drew up some plans for revenge, and torment, and good old general malfeasance.
'They grow up believing that they can be a hero if they drive a sword into the heart of anything different. And I'm the monster?' - Nimona Click To Tweet
Ballister Boldheart: You’re a mo…
Nimona: What? Marsupial? Mariachi? Meatball?
Ballister Boldheart: You’re a monster.
Nimona: Do not call me that!
Ballister Boldheart: Why are you helping me?
Nimona: Because I’m bored. And everybody hates you too.
Ballister Boldheart: The thing you do? It’s too much. No.
Nimona: I think what you’re trying to say is, “Thanks for saving my life.” Three times, if you’re keeping score.
Nimona: Here’s the thing. When we clear your name, then I am your official sidekick forever and ever. No take-backsies. Deal?
Ballister Boldheart: I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that.
Nimona: Don’t overthink it.
Ballister Boldheart: Can you just be you, please?
Nimona: I don’t follow.
Ballister Boldheart: Girl you.
Nimona: But I’m not a girl. I’m a shark.
Ambrosius Goldenloin: I tried to stop him, bro.
Sir Thoddeus Sureblade: Really? Like this? “Oh, hi, Ballister. Come right in. And of course you can bring your whale, ostrich, and big fat unicorn.”
Ambrosius Goldenloin: Fat unicorn?
Sir Thoddeus Sureblade: Yeah, you saw it. The thing with the horn that broke everything.
Ambrosius Goldenloin: You mean rhinoceros?
Sir Thoddeus Sureblade: If I meant rhinoperos, I would have said rhinoperos.
'I don't know what's scarier. The fact that everyone in this kingdom wants to run a sword through my heart, or that sometimes I just want to let them.' - Nimona Click To Tweet
Ballister Boldheart: Will you be quiet?
Nimona: Counterpoint. Your plan sucks, and it’s boring. Where’s the drama? The screams of terror?
Nimona: We are villains. Embrace it.
Ballister Boldheart: No. We’re doing things my way this time. No one gets hurt.
Nimona: I was going for the “hurting people” version.
Ballister Boldheart: We just find the squire and question him.
Nimona: And then hurt him.
Ballister Boldheart: No. And then find the proof.
Nimona: By hurting him.
Nimona: Oh! A “don’t-be-alarmed” alarm. Effective.