My review title is a bit corny, but it's true! After months of quarantine, isolation, and light depression, seeing this movie is like a jolt of positive energy direct to the brain. The movie yanked me out of lethargic apathy and replaced it with adrenaline and purpose.
This is the story of real people who are incredibly happy and motivated, but not because they've had easy lives. In fact, most of them have faced incredible hardship far beyond what most Westerners could imagine. Yet there is something about the Vietnamese spirit that is incredibly positive and uplifting; it's infectious. They keep going no matter what, and with a smile. I'm definitely going to visit as soon as travel is possible. The food looks pretty awesome as well!