Abominable Adventure

Review: Heartfelt and Funny, ‘Abominable’ is a Must-See for the Entire Family

September 25, 2019Britany Murphy

As kids, many of us likely had hopes that fabled creatures such as dragons, fairies and yetis would somehow be real — that we would come across these rumored creatures and have adventures with them. In Abominable, that is exactly what happens, and it makes for heartfelt, family-friendly fun.

Set in Shanghai, busy teenager Yi (Chloe Bennet) is rarely home. Always in and out of the house, doing various jobs, Yi is forever under the watchful eye of her mom (Michelle Wong) and grandmother (Tsai Chin), who likes to point out that her granddaughter is never around anymore. Still, Yi tries her best to find a work/life balance, which includes trying to make time with her basketball enthusiast neighbor Peng (Albert Tsai) and his cousin Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor). Unbeknownst to Yi, however, that balance is about to prove to be a bit more difficult to achieve.

After heading up to the rooftop of her building one night to play the violin, Yi sees a strange paw peeking out from some linens hung on the clothesline — a paw that turns out to belong to a yeti. Fearful at first, Yi helps to hide the creature, whom she names Everest, but with a wealthy expeditioner named Mr. Burnish (Eddie Izzard) and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) out to capture Everest, the pair set off on a long journey she never expected. Determined to reunite Everest with his family in the Himalayan mountains, Yi, Peng and Jin embark on the treacherous adventure to bring Everest safely home, learning important lessons about friendship, family and species conservation along the way.

Coming from the same studio that gave the world the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, Abominable has some high standards to live up to. Nonetheless, from its stellar voice cast to the amazing animation, there is so much about the movie to love, with director Jill Culton taking audiences on a journey through a magical land that is brought even more to life by Everest's powers. And while it is a children's film at heart, there are many things that adults in the audience will love and appreciate as well. The movie does a good job at balancing the serious tones with comedic relief, and it's an element of the film that is very effective.

Regardless of whatever hardships that people might be facing in their personal lives, the need to smile and laugh is still within us, and the comfort that family and friends provide us with always rings true. Abominable showcases these types of moments with ease, and with a little something for the everyone, it is certainly a film that the whole family can enjoy.

Abominable releases September 27th, 2019 from Universal Pictures. The film has an MPAA rating of PG for some action and mild rude humor. Its runtime is 1 hr. 37 min.

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