The new DreamWorks animated movie came out this weekend and it features a Yeti trying to get back to his home on Mount Everest before he is caught and dissected by some evil businessman.
Agents of SHIELD’s Chloe Bennet voices Yi, a teenager who finds the Yeti on the rooftop of her building. Yi, sad over the death of her father, would go to the roof to play her violin and, little did she know, this Yeti was hiding out there.
The Yeti, which Yi calls Everest, bonds with the girl and, along with her friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai). she tries to help Everest find his way home.
While I enjoyed the movie, there was just something about it that felt as if the film was trying too hard. I’m not sure what it was, but, despite there literally being plenty of it in the actual storyline, the film felt as if it were missing some magic.
Everest was revealed to have some kind of magical mystical powers that, apparently, get stronger the closer he gets to Mount Everest. Maybe I just did not accept that premise or maybe I had never associated magic with Yetis before, but it just seemed to be a weakness in the storytelling.
The animation was beautiful with the shots of nature and the Himalayas, but the characters were anything but original. I did like how the characters were Chinese and were very much fully fleshed out. This was a co-production between DreamWorks and China’s Pearl Studio and I enjoyed the change.
I also enjoyed the twist of the character reveal that caught me off-guard. It seemed as if the villains were fairly typical and then something happens that makes you look at them in a different light. I don’t want to spoil it, but I did like the unexpected shift.
I do think this is a decent family film that kids will love and that parents will not hate. That is a success, because the target audience is certainly the children.
As for me, despite what I felt was something lackluster at times, there was enough here to enjoy what I saw. The film has some nice animation, a sweet story and a twist in a character that was unexpected. Despite the flaws, Abominable was a solid animated movie and worth the 90+ minutes.