Raising Dion Review: Good or Bad? Worth Watching? Raising Dion, which is now streaming on Netflix, is a story of a boy who just discovered his superpowers and his perplexed mother who is trying everything to protect her child. Currently, it has a 73% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes which we think is a fair score for the series.
So is it good and worth your time watching? Yes it is. And we hope Netflix gives it a second season because the finale episode promises more intriguing story. We are most intrigued, for instance, whether there will be a clash between the young titans or whether they will end up joining forces to fight the baddies.
Raising Dion will be most appealing for children since it is, after all, about an elementary school age boy discovering his superpowers. Who among us did not use a blanket or a towel as a cape, as Dion does in the show, and pretended that we can fly a-la Superman when we were younger? If you did not, then go get yourself a cape, go out in the yard, spread your wings, and pretend that you are some kind of a superhero. You may look foolish if you are an adult but it would give you an adrenaline rush. Seriously, it does. At the very least, you’d breathe some fresh air when you go outside. Haha.
Anyhoo, let’s go back to our Raising Dion review. The best thing about the series is its child actors. Ja’Siah Young, who plays the lead role as Dion, very capably carries the show on top of his tender little shoulders. The boy is a natural actor and we hope he grows up and do great things in the acting biz.
The other child stars, especially Sammi Haney (as Dion’s best friend Esperanza), Gavin Munn (as Jonathan King) and Griffin Robert Faulkner (as Brayden Mills), are pretty good actors too. Want more GIFs from the show?
Esperanza, Jonathan, and Dion team up as the storm killers:
Griffin Robert Faulkner with his dad:
Make no mistake about it, this is a superhero for kids. The story is nothing out of the ordinary but it is intriguing enough and engaging enough that we actually binged the show in one afternoon. Better yet, we want to see where the second season goes which is something we cannot say for The OA which totally turned us off with its silly interpretative dancing for a season one finale.
What did we not like about the show? There must be something wrong with the video camera settings because the visual looks washed out. It initially turned us off and almost stopped watching but Dion and company hooked us. We hope they get a better cinematographer for the second season.
Off camera, what did we like about the show? Props to Michael B. Jordan and the other producers as well as Netflix for casting an African American boy as the lead actor and as a superhero. They also get props from us for casting Sammi Haney (who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta) as Dion’s BFF. Way to go, Netflix!