Abominable Movie Review (In Detail)

Spoilers Alert:

In the animated film Abominable (de. EVEREST – A YETI WANTS TO GO HIGH) A little girl finds a way out of her grief for her late father thanks to a furry mythical creature. A mature, heartfelt animated film that starts completely under the radar. We reveal more about this in our review.

On the journey to Abominable things can get very fast-paced at times.

The plot summary

A small Yeti has escaped from an experimental laboratory in Shanghai and is seeking refuge on the roofs of the city with over a million inhabitants. There he meets the curious teenage girl Yi and her friends Jin (Julien Bam) and Peng. It quickly becomes clear that the trio only protects the little yeti, which they quickly christened “Everest”, from the sinister laboratory manager Burnish and the zoologist Dr. Zara can be saved if they take him back to his homeland – Mount Everest. Together the friends embark on a fascinating journey through legendary Asian landscapes, strange events and magical moments to reunite Everest with his family at the highest point on earth. But dangers lurk around every corner that could end the journey at any time…

Abominable Movie Meaning & ending

In the USA, the Dreamworks animated film “Everest” was released exactly one year after Warner’s “Smallfoot” . The completion process for both films was originally much closer together. The reason for the far different start date: Both films are about the story of a yeti who unexpectedly meets people who are quite irritated by their discovery. It’s not just because of the very similar subject matter that it’s difficult to bring a film about Yetis into the cinemas shortly after one of them has just hit the cinemas. “Smallfoot” was also a pretty big success at the US box office, which can have two effects for an unofficial follow-up project like “Abominable”: Either the audience is saturated, or they really want more. The people at Dreamworks obviously assumed the former, because even though they are now releasing “Abominable” widely in cinemas, the marketing machine has so far been rather moderate. That’s pretty sad, though, because even without a lot of advertising, the warm, loving Yeti adventure is clearly one of the better animated films this year and is also a bit more successful than the already much-quoted “Smallfoot”, even though the two films are tonally completely different are weighted differently and you are therefore welcome to watch both films (again).

Peng, Yi and Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) bring Everest back to his homeland.

Pixar used to be considered the spearhead of cross-generational animated film cinema. The stories appeal to every type of viewer, from toddlers to adults. A novelty that not only the internal Disney competition, but also Dreamworks Animation, thanks to the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise, has long been hot on its heels. “Everest – A Yeti Wants to Go High” tells a very mature story, in keeping with the recent tradition of the Crescent Moon Group, which screenwriter and director Jill Culton (“Hunting Fever”) repeatedly breaks through with cute slapstick interludes from the clumsy Yeti boy white. Nevertheless, her technical collaboration on Pixar masterpieces such as “Monsters Inc” or “Toy Story” is worth noting, as her main aim is to tell a captivating story. On the surface, “Everest” may seem like a classic road movie adventure about three teenagers bringing an alien creature back to its original habitat. But ultimately the arduous journey to Mount Everest is also a process of cutting off the cord for the protagonist Yi, or rather the work of mourning. Since Yi recently lost her father, she has isolated herself from her family and has even stopped playing the violin because it reminds her too much of her dad.

The fact that certain story sections are predetermined by this premise is not surprising in this genre. Of course, Jill Culton also uses set pieces from (family) cinema that might have benefited from a little more variation. But ultimately the narrative milestones that take place in this story, such as Yi’s first confrontation with grief, are simply staged far too enthusiastically for the lack of creativity to be the first thing you notice. In particular, a scene in which Yi suddenly starts playing the violin again for the first time in a particularly beautiful place and flowers sprout from the ground around her as if by magic, while the Asian-tinged violin score merges ever more closely with Coldplay’s power ballad “Fix You”. , is simply great cinema – even if we have to admit that you have to do a lot wrong for “Fix You” to leave you cold in connection with such a film scene. Perhaps in such moments Culton is a little too manipulative in the audiovisual design of her film. But in the end, the outstanding visuals of the Asian backdrops recreated in detail, the appropriate acoustics (which, by the way, also includes the strong dubbing performances in German!) and the story itself simply fit together absolutely harmoniously, so that even the bit of kitsch can be easily overcome.

Culton usually leaves that aside. Not least because “Abominable” not only deals with the emotional maturation of its protagonist, but is first and foremost an entertaining adventure. The villain side in particular enjoys a pleasantly ambivalent drawing, including an actually traditional twist, which we didn’t see coming, as Culton only prepares it very subtly, although coherently. Furthermore, I really like the fact that the eternal battle between good and evil in “Abominable” never creates an overly dark atmosphere. It’s true that things get quite exciting in the final act, which could perhaps scare off an audience that is too young at times. Nevertheless, the good and magical are clearly in the foreground here – and Everest himself, as a grimacing non-monster, is always good for a laugh anyway. The fact that he also has magical abilities helps the film itself to have some great set pieces, such as a blueberry hunt that gets out of control or a field of flowers that builds up into a gigantic wave, but it also takes away from the story’s rough edges here and there . Whenever Yi and her friends don’t know what to do, they can rely on Everest’s magic. At least even the youngest children know that their little hero is never in serious danger. From an adult perspective, this can perhaps be criticized. But somehow it’s also nice that “Abominable” primarily wants to invite you to marvel, instead of dwelling on the old good-versus-evil theme at any cost.

Conclusion: “Abominable” is a charmingly told and beautifully illustrated animated film that deals with topics such as grief and grieving work in a child-friendly way and yet still shows remarkable maturity. The bittersweet ending in particular is likely to bring a tear or two, even to an older audience.

“Abominable” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from September 26th – also in strong 3D.

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