The world of animated movies continues to find new legends, avenues, and ideas to bring imagination to life. To what those audiences are being targeted or want though is always the challenge, much of which limits the enjoyment to all audience members. Robbie K is back to the trenches of movies to give you yet another movie review this time is all about the latest DreamWorks hit about another loveable creature that will melt many hearts and wallets. So let’s get started as we determine if tonight’s film is lame or game!
Movie: Abominable (2019)
Characters, especially Everest
Many Scenes Already Shown
As Frozen proved, a soundtrack can make a big difference between success and mega-success. Everest may not have the most catch soundtrack, but the violin and alternative work is a beautiful serenade to the less appreciated instruments. It mixes with the scenery, adds elements of fun, and in the case of the violin an emotional punch that sells the scene. As the movie’s theme nods to, Everest is an appreciation and nod to the colorful world nature has to offer. The animation is top notch in design and brings out the enchanting splendor that the world has to create, all while complementing the magnificence of Asian culture and bringing energy/contrast to the other characters beginning emotional profiles. Fortunately, the movie is also a colorful display of feelings to match the visuals and entertain the masses. Fun and Cute are the primary colors of the emotional spectrum, with the small band of heroes finding ways to maximize on all the merchandising and the childish wonder we all forge as we grow older. Kids will love it and so will their chaperones as they become connected to the world before them. Yet all the cute antics still cannot stop the powerful punch of feelings that Everest has in the form of friends, family, and the bond of discovery that again lies in all of us if we find it. I can’t say I really cried, but you can be certain there are plenty of moments waiting for one to get goosebumps or a smile over. However, this reviewer has to agree that it’s the characters that make this movie. Certainly the villains and henchmen have their place in the sun and are okay, but the main cast of four will play to the audience the most. Yi is the model of modern female characters in her strong independence hiding deeper wounds. Jin is the ladies’ man socialite representing superficial fun and karma at work, but also teaching lessons that ring home. Peng is the superficial laughs that kids will like in the form of slapstick and quotable one-liners that was probably my favorite of the bunch. Finally Everest, a perfect combination of animalistic anthropomorphism meeting human emotions that all in all is an adorable display of fantastic character development.
Despite how great and fun this movie can be though it does suffer a few things for this reviewer in regards to the potential it could have had. Predictability thy name is this movie, for it is a straightforward tale that offers little in surprises. The movie sort of sets the stage, dropping too many hints to really shock and amaze. Certainly younger members may still react, but older fans are not going to be quite as engaged as other animated works. Throw in that the movie has many scenes that have been revealed in the trailers, including jokes, and you may find knowing eighty percent of the story before it starts to run. These are okay to be honest because of how much fun you are having, but in truth the thing that took a little away from me was the “action” and “suspense” moments of the movie. Think of films like what Disney churns out, or even the How To Train Your Dragon series, where the producers land giant punches in your gut and manage to move all sorts of audience members. Everest does not really do that, and all exciting chases, potential obstacles and dare I say edge of the movie is pretty much lacking. No suspense, no real challenge, just cute wholesome fun that again is enjoyable, but not the elements of a finessed movie that other studios have managed to execute. Finally, Everest’s powers are cool, the harmonizing with nature to transform simple things into true wonders of the world. They are awesome and fun, and they are actually kept in check. The real answer is why though as when you get to the end of the movie only a heroic character development being the answer to the limitations. It makes for better storytelling, but in all honesty, Everest’s bottomless supply of magic did not make sense in the grand scheme of things, and perhaps a little more adjustment of this factor could have helped up the ante.
Truth be told, Abominable shows off the fantastic imagination that studios still hold in this crazy world. Everest and his friends will go on the spectacular journey that is stunning to look at, cute fun to have many laughing that manage to wrap up emotional moments in a warm friendly package. The characters are the selling point of the feature, with the loveable yeti being the all-star of the bunch. Sadly, it’s a bit too G rated for me and in the cuteness, the potential for that higher level of storytelling is lost to predictable hug fest points. With a pointless limitation and the lack of a true obstacle, these components may limit some older fans from coming. Yet, if you want the family friendly movie of the month, get your little tykes and get them to the theater you won’t be sorry by how much fun they will have.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 7.0