Verdict: A visually stunning adventure that does things a little differently.

Dreamworks has excelled in making all kinds of creatures lovable – ogres with Shrek, lemurs with Madagascar‘s King Julien, dragons with How To Train Your Dragon‘s Toothless, and trolls with the titular movie. Now, they’ve managed to make Abominable adorable with a Yeti that provides the perfect amount of cuteness.

What’s Abominable About:

One night, when Yi (Chloe Bennet) sneaks up to the roof to play the violin that reminds her of her father, she’s surprised to encounter a Yeti (Joseph Izzo). She soon discovers that he’s being chased by Burnish (Eddie Izzard) and Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) along with their highly-equipped security forces. Together with her friends Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), Yi embarks on a quest to take Yeti to his home on Mount Everest.

What Works:

One of the elements that set Abominable apart from other movies of this children-going-on-an-adventure-unsupervised-by-adults genre is its unique setting. It’s not set in the usual American locales like most mainstream animation films but rather in China. This presents the opportunity to show not only the urban streets of Shanghai but also some dazzling landscapes, the awe-inspiring Leshan Giant Buddha, and of course, the Himalayas. As Yi plays the piano, it also makes classical music a central part of the film rather than just relegating it to the background score.

The Yeti, nicknamed ‘Everest’ by Yi, is endearing from the very first moment that he’s introduced and you’ll find yourself easily rooting for his safety. Chloe Bennet‘s heartfelt performance as Yi lends warmth to the character. Yi is everything you’d want from the main character – complex, relatable, and ambitious. Albert Tsai as Peng adds lots of humor to the film. He’s equally obsessed with basketball as he is with Nai Nai’s pork buns. Jin rounds out the main cast by being the realist and voice of reason. Tenzing Norgay Trainor, who voices the character, fittingly enough is the grandson of Tenzing Norgay, one of the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Abominable packs tons of entertainment along with positive messages about the importance of family and being kind to others.  Yetis, especially of the magical kind, might be fictional, but the fuzzy feelings Abominable will create in your heart are definitely real.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The film appeals more to children as the older audiences will find parts of the plot predictable. Although, even if you might be able to guess what’s coming next, there are still a few surprising gags you won’t see coming.

Why You Should Watch:

Abominable is a perfect watch if you’re looking for some light-hearted family-friendly film. It’s beautifully crafted with the right mix of comedy, adventure, and emotions.