Abominable movie review – monstrously good fun
Take a journey from the bustling streets of Shanghai to the majestic Himalayan mountains in Abominable, the newest film from DreamWorks.
Life for teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) gets strangely magical when she discovers a young Yeti hiding on the roof of her apartment building.
Nicknaming the Yeti “Everest”, Yi is soon joined by her friends, egotistical Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and basketball-loving Peng (Albert Tsai), on a journey to return Everest to his home and family in the Himalayas.
But the trip won’t be easy, as they are pursued by the shady Burnish Industries, who are intent on capturing Everest.
This movie was fun and had some pretty cool characters.
Throughout the film, Yi is trying to cope with the recent death of her father and figuring out how to grieve for him. Her compassion and persistence keep her from being too melancholy a character.
Jin begins as a self-obsessed jerk, but during the story he grows and becomes much more likeable.
As for Peng, he’s mainly the comedic relief of the group. While he’s not always funny, he’s still a nice addition to the cast.
Though the villains do present a challenge to the protagonists, they aren’t the most intimidating bunch of antagonists. In fact, a few of the henchmen had some of the funnier lines in the film.
Some of the villains do develop in interesting ways that added some nice small twists to the story.
An aspect of the movie that is worth noting is how its animators were able to recreate the breathtaking scenery of China and Nepal. Whether it’s city or countryside, it’s obvious a lot of work went into making everything look beautiful.
Overall, this was a pretty good film. Nothing to scream about, but a fun adventure that kids will enjoy these school holidays.
3.5 out of 5 stars
RUNNING TIME: 97 MINS