Abominable: Exclusive Movie Review By A Teen

Embark on an epic quest with the adorable characters of the movie Abominable. But will little Yi and her friends succeed in their mission to get a friendly Yeti home? And is the adventure worth it?

By Vanshika Devuni Kalanidhi

Abominable: Exclusive Movie Review By A Teen

Rating: ★★★★☆

When it comes to animated kids movies, Abominable seems to be an amalgamation of a lot of different movies. The ice and mountains from Frozen, the scary but cute monster from Smallfoot, and so on. That doesn’t mean it’s plagiarized, though. This movie has the best aspects of all these movies.

The plot

Abominable is a heartwarming story about a helpless escaped yeti seeking refuge on Yi’s terrace. Yi, an adventurous, violinist, no-nonsense teenager, makes it her mission to get this yeti (named Everest) to his home, the mountain peaks. Yi sets out on this journey with her friends, Peng and Jin, but are met with several hurdles along the way. For one, there are cruel zoologists trying to capture Everest and experiment on him. What about the bad guys? Or will Everest’s magical powers win?

Emotional connect

I have mostly praise for this movie. The story was heartwarming, and like any good animated movie, I was close to tears towards the end. The violin’s significance and the trip across China are elements I absolutely love. This movie tugs at the heartstrings and makes you feel a million different emotions at the same time.

I thought this movie was primarily for little kids (and I didn’t mind since I have the emotional maturity of a two-year-old), but this movie seems to be a hit among all ages. This movie takes difficult topics like grief and distant families, and mixes them with childish elements like burp jokes and personification, to make a movie universally relatable.

Funny to the core

There are funnier movies out there, but Abominable isn’t half bad. I laughed a bunch through-out the movie, and the jokes were very tasteful and unproblematic. Everest’s innocent behaviour, Jin’s pettiness, and the grandmother’s stern behaviour will definitely get a few laughs out of any viewer.

Stunning visuals

My favorite thing about the movie is the visuals. Abominable is a visual masterpiece with artistic renditions of cityscapes, mountains, plains, rivers, and just about every type of location there is. I was stunned by the climax scenes, the skylines at the beginning, and the Leshan Buddha. Every scene and every still is beautiful, and the animators have my love. As someone drawn to art and colours, this movie left me mesmerised.

Believable characters

I loved Yi’s character as well. Most films take one characteristic somebody’s supposed to have, and exaggerate it until it isn’t believable, but this movie finds the perfect balance. The characters can be defined by one core element, but they are so much more than that. The more four-dimensional personalities given to the characters make them seem like actual people rather than manufactured cartoons.

Letdowns from the movie

I have just two tiny complaints. The movie is extremely cliché, and follows a formula all the way through. But, the tropes are still enjoyable because of the elements mentioned above.

I also felt like Jin and Peng were of no actual use in the movie, but they were fun to watch and matured over the movie (also I think I’m in love with Jin).

Abominable is heart-warming, funny, and absolutely beautiful. It’s definitely worth a watch!

Takeaways from the movie Abominable:

  • People aren’t one-dimensional, they can grow and change.
  • Helping others might help you indirectly.
  • The universe finds a way to help you reach your goal.
  • Music can be a guiding light.
  • Empathy can touch every creature on the planet.

Watch the Abominable movie trailer: 

Abominable cast:

Chloe Bennet: Yi (voice)

Albert Tsai Albert Tsai: Peng (voice)

Tenzing Norgay Trainor Tenzing Norgay Trainor: .Jin (voice)

Joseph Izzo Joseph Izzo: Everest (voice)

Eddie Izzard Eddie Izzard: Burnish (voice)

Sarah Paulson Sarah Paulson: Dr Zara (voice)

Tsai Chin Tsai Chin: Nai Nai (voice)

Director: Jill Culton

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About the author:

Written by Vanshika Devuni Kalanidhi on 27 September 2019.

The author is a writer/blogger who blogs at www.vanshikadevuni.blogspot.com

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