Have you ever wanted a giant, white, fluffy pet that could potentially kill you?  Well you will now. 

CERTIFICATE: U

DIRECTOR: Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman

STARRING: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Sarah Paulson, Eddie Izzard

SCREENPLAY: Jill Culton

GENRE: Animation/Adventure

RUNTIME: 97 Minutes

★★★★ 4/5 Stars

I love when films are a delightful surprise, and Abominable definitely fits that description.  I was expecting your average run of the kill children’s animated story, with a standard cutesy monster and some good one-liners.  And yes, Abominable does have these things. And so much more besides.

Abominable tells the story of Yi, a young girl who finds a yeti living on her roof and decides to takes it upon herself to get the yeti home. All the while being chased by a maniacal aging explorer who will stop at nothing to capture the beast and prove to the world the existence of the Yeti.

So yes, it is a fairly standard plot, I will give you that. However the film is visually stunning, he animation and art in this film were breath-taking.  The closer we got to the end of the film, the better it seemed to get.  It’s been a long time since an animated film has made me stare in awe quite like this one did. (Into the Spiderverse was probably the last one.) 

The film also isn’t afraid to tackle some Harder issues. Throughout the film Yi is still trying to come to terms with the death of her father, an event that we aren’t told very much about but from what we can gather ir was a fairly recent event, and she is struggling with moving on in her life without him.  It deals with this topic gracefully, having all the characters talking openly about it, even Yi herself. A much needed and important feature when you look at the publicity we are trying to gather at the moment about mental health and being open with talking about our feelings. 

And finally it is definitely necessary to give a standing ovation to the music production team for this film.  Whether it was remixes of songs we already know, or original pieces made just for this feature, the music throughout this film was staggering.  It was the music that took this film from being good to being magical.  I cannot wait to get some of those orchestral pieces on my playlist and if you take my advice and go see this film, I think you will agree that the music score here was truly exceptional.

So was the plot horribly predictable? Yes.

Was it about a cutesy Monster? Yes.

Do I recommend you go and see it anyway? Yes!!

There are a lot worse movies out right now than this one, you could do a lot LOT worse.  So please if you have kids, (or even if you don’t, I don’t.) Please, go and Abominable. I promise it will not disappoint.

ABOMINABLE IS OUT IN UK CINEMAS NOW!

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