Abominable movie review: Abominable, produced by Dreamworks and Shanghai-based Pearl Studio, is based in China, with largely Chinese characters.
Abominable voice cast: Chole Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Joseph Izzo, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson
Abominable movie director: Jill Culton
Abominable movie rating: 2 stars
Universal Studios noted that Abominable is the first female-directed animation feature featuring a female lead. When a film is tagged in this way, you have your own antennas, because Kalton, who became the first female principal director of a big budget with the 2006 open season, needed a computer-animated feature.
There is one more thing that should have made Abominable special. The film, produced by DreamWorks and Shanghai-based Pearl Studios, is based largely in China with Chinese characters. However, no one says China out loud, the country is referenced only in a map and in the context of the University of Beijing, the actors all speak English and have characteristics that can easily pass as Caucasian , The villain is a normal Hollywood type with a general. sinister MNC agenda, and the only recognizable brand on screen is McDonald’s.
However there is nothing political about Abominable. A girl named Wai (voiced by 27-year-old Bennett) has separated herself from her mother and grandmother after her father’s death, and spends her days and days earning enough money to travel around China. Performs all types of work. At night, she goes to the terrace and plays melodious tunes on the violin taught to her by her father. One such night, she encounters a terrified Yeti (Izzo) on her roof, who has escaped from a laboratory where they were planning all kinds of experiments on her. The film is about Yi trying to return to Yeti’s Everest, helped by friends Peng (Tsai) and Jin (trainer), while the evil scientist (Paulson) and the aforementioned MNC boss (Izard) chase him with an armed team. Men in armed vehicles.
It is often beautiful to look at, as there is no lack of beauty on the Everest street but its hardness is very low. The “magic” Yeti yields, due to its “power to speak to nature”, is sometimes exquisite – especially when she gets fields filled with yellow flowers to grow like waves. However, the story itself is flat, predictable and progresses slowly to its end.
There is a reason you might want to look disgusting though. In a rather clever bit of casting, the trainer who voices that he is the grandson of Tenzing Norgay was the first two men to climb Everest with Edmund Hillary. A perfect Chinese kid who is ready for a medical degree, yet thrilled with his look and selfie, Jin is the smartest character in the film.
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