Abominable Review

Abominable is a 2019 animated movie by Dreamworks Animation that was released on September 27, 2019 in the United States.The movie stars Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Sarah Paulson and Eddie Izzard. The movie is a joint collaboration between Dreamworks and Pearl Studios. 

The plot of the movie centers around Yi, who lives with her mother and her Nai Nai in an apartment who stumbles upon Everest, a Yeti who has escaped a laboratory that had intentions to display him to the world. Together with her friend Jin and his cousin, Peng, the three of them go through a beautiful and perilous journey to bring Everest back to his home on Mount Everest and reunite him with his parents. 

First of all, the movie was beautifully animated right from the start, with the beautiful shots of nature and the overall visual design of the movie. The scenes where there was a giant Buddha statue in the mountains and the beautiful sakura tree were truly a feast for the eyes to look at. The design of Everest was really adorable and definitely stole my heart, his fluffy appearance was very appealing to look at and he will definitely charm the little children that this movie is definitely catered to. 

Animation movies are often one of my favourite genres to watch, but despite the beauty of this movie, it felt kinda boring and slow at certain parts and it took me a day to finish watching it. It just felt as if the movie did not have much substance or plot to it, admittedly the plot was something we have seen tons of times but I expected something special or different to happen but it never occurred. Throughout the movie’s 1 hour and 37 minute runtime, it felt as if most of the time they did not develop much to the plot and it was more of a filler, watching scenes where they would hang out near giant blueberries and explore the many parts of China but there was nothing beyond that to the plot. 

There was also a giant lack of character development especially for the movie’s main character, Yi. We know she has been working random odd jobs in an effort to earn enough money to fund a trip through China with which she had been planning with her dad, though tragically he had passed already. Though we can sympathise with that, it never feels more developed past that since we don’t know what Yi’s father was like. We feel bad for her but we won’t shed tears for her because we know zero details about her father apart from the fact that he was an experienced violinist and was a loving father but we never get any scenes about him, so it just gets kind of annoying watching her shut off everyone around her without talking about her feelings.

Rating : 6/10

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