2019 TIFF Movie Review: ABOMINABLE (USA 2019)

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A magical Yeti must return to his family.


Jill CultonTodd Wilderman (co-director)


Jill Culton

Having fled the secret laboratory where he’s been detained, a young Yeti, that is named Everest (non-speaking, just making abominable snowman sounds) frantically scurries through the streets of Shanghai before hiding on an apartment rooftop, where he takes solace in a billboard advertisement for travel to Everest. It’s also where he meets Yi(Chloe Bennet). Yi and the Yeti discover a shared fondness for Yi’s grandma’s dumplings — which the Yeti consumes in crazy quantities — and a love of music.

  Yi quickly surmises and turns correct that her new companion is being hunted by a squad of ruthless militiamen, led by wealthy collector Burnish (Eddie Izzard) and the zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson). with red hair looking like an animated Tilda Swinton who usually has roles of this nature in films. Recruiting two cousins as accomplices (Chinese have large families – stereotyping?), Yi determines to help the Yeti get away. 

 The film draws from other films like E.T. (also from Dreamworks)  and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.  Animation from Dreamworks is great as expected though there is not much excitement in anything in terms of insight or innovation.  Strictly for kids.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrgVtuDRBjM