Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken – Movie Review

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken, is the latest from Universal’s DreamWorks Animation.

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken under water on the throne with a Grandmother Queen.

DreamWorks Animation’s new action comedy follows Ruby Gillman, a high schooler who discovers her mythical sea Kraken heritage. As she explores the ocean, she realizes her destiny is greater than she ever imagined. Lana Condor stars as Ruby. The voice cast is made up of talented actors, including Toni Collette, Annie Murphy, Sam Richardson, Liza Koshy, Will Forte, Colman Domingo, Jaboukie Young-White, Blue Chapman, Ramona Young, Eduardo Franco, and Jane Fonda.


Ruby is a 16-year-old girl who feels invisible at school. She tutors her crush in math, but he’s only interested in her knowledge of fractals. Ruby’s overprotective mother forbids her from entering the water, but when she breaks the rule, she discovers she’s a descendant of the Kraken queen. As a Kraken, she must protect the ocean from power-hungry mermaids, including the new popular girl at school, a mermaid. Ruby must embrace her identity and protect those she loves.

In this coming-of-age story set in the water, a young girl embarks on a quest to find her place in the world and discovers more than she ever thought possible. Young girls will find this movie particularly relatable. It explores the dynamics of mother-daughter-grandmother relationships and their evolution throughout the plot. The film touches on powerful emotional themes, including identity, family responsibility, and acceptance. This adventure, based on mythology, is visually stunning and has an impressive visual style. The land-and-seascape created by Pierre-Olivier Vincent, who worked on How to Train Your Dragon, is inspired by the ocean and its creatures, making it colorful and eye-catching.

While the movie has its fair share of charm, the plot falls short in terms of originality and predictability. The film’s runtime of 90 minutes feels rushed. It leaves little room for a deeper exploration of the characters and their complexities. However, the movie does offer some humor, with the most entertaining moments being whenever Ruby’s Uncle is on screen or when her dad and brother share the spotlight.


I give Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kracken 3 out of 5 stars. This story has the ability to captivate parents with its inter-generational theme, while the younger audience will be drawn to the vivid colors and distinct landscapes. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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