Everyone likes a superhero story. And what nicer than a kid superhero who will protect the world (or his friends and folks, at least).
Netflix’s modern super-powered drama named “Raising Dion” revolves around a single mother boosting her young 8-year-old lad in a world in which he is “unique” in many ways.
“Raising Dion” attempts to reply to the age-old query: what makes somebody a hero? It comments on a few different societal issues along the path. Problems like bullying, “otherness,” race, toxic masculinity; all timely topics in 2019.
Dion (Ja’Siah Young) is an advanced 7-year-old when the sequel begins, trying to discover his place at aa modern school after the demise of his father.
He tries tough to fit in with the dope kids at school and shoves away his one real friend, Esperanza (Sammi Haney), a too-wise-for-her-age inexperienced girl who really sees and prefers Dion for who he is.
Dion’s mom named Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), tries her nicest to be a great mom and steer all the barriers thrown at her and Dion as a sole, black mother who just forfeited her job for putting her lad first.
There are junctures when Nicole has to clarify the world to her lad without breaking his innocence (e.g. a racist teacher who determines the little black boy is the issue).
Those more severe moments are lightened with the heavy, cute minutes where Dion notices his still-saddening mom is sad and glees her up as only he can. The pact between these two is the beautiful thing and the tie that binds this sequel.
Once Dion, who is preoccupied with magic and superheroes, realizes he can do magic and indicates his powers to his mother, her hunches go into overdrive and she knows she wants to do whatever she can to conserve him and his secret from a world that worries others.