Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023)

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A shy teenager discovers that she's part of a legendary royal lineage of mythical sea krakens and that her destiny, in the depths of the oceans, is bigger than she ever dreamed.

"Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken" is a coming-of-age film from 2023 that integrates aspects of sci-fi, dream, and adventure. Directed by the well-known filmmaker, Anna Woodford, the movie follows the life of Ruby Gillman, a teenage half-human, half-kraken girl as she browses the intricacies of teen life and her identity within a fictional coastal town. With fascinating cinematography and an unique story, "Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken" has actually ended up being a lasting fan favorite.

Plot Summary
In a small seaside town, Ruby Gillman (played by rising star, Amelia Clarkson) is a relatively regular teenage girl living with her single dad (depicted by John Middleton) and her cat, Whiskey. As Ruby navigates the trials and adversities of her common teenage years, she begins experiencing weird bouts of health problem and mystical changes in her body.

Wearying of seeming like an outsider at her high school, Ruby decides to begin examining her mom's past, who vanished when Ruby was a child. She explores her attic, discovering her mother's journal that exposes the fact about Ruby's heritage: she is half-human and half-kraken, a mythical sea creature having tentacle-like arms and incredible strength.

With her newfound knowledge, Ruby attempts for more information about her kraken heritage from her paternal grandma (played by Eliza May), a sensible but stern lady. As Ruby start this journey of self-discovery, she starts experiencing her kraken powers - enabling her to change her form and control water. She uses these abilities to protect her pals and the townspeople from a greedy and malevolent real estate designer, Mr. Blackwater (played by Christopher Pettigrew), who is trying to purchase the land surrounding their seaside town.

Nevertheless, Ruby's powers also cause her to accidentally expose her kraken identity, drawing attention from a strange federal government company called The Coral Division, entrusted with searching down and recording supernatural beings. As a result, Ruby is now in risk not just from the machinations of Mr. Blackwater but likewise from The Coral Division's representatives who are figured out to record her.

Challenges and Friendship
Throughout the movie, Ruby fights with fitting in and balancing her human relationships with her kraken commitments, which are represented by numerous fantastical sea creatures she experiences. Among the crucial elements of the movie is the deep bond between Ruby and her eccentric friend, Harper (played by Jasmine Wallace). Harper supports Ruby and assists keep her trick, even as their other (human) good friends start growing increasingly suspicious about Ruby's odd habits.

When Mr. Blackwater and his jerks attempt to take control of the town, Ruby, Harper, and their sea animal allies work together to thwart their plans and save the town. In the end, Ruby finds out to treasure both her human and kraken identities and embraces the strength she gets from her double heritage.

Visual and Sound Design
One of the most striking aspects of "Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken" is its visual and sound style. The coastal town's awesome scenery, combined with CGI results that bring the legendary sea animals to life, creates an immersive and frequently magical experience for the viewer. In addition, the soundtrack, composed by Benjamin Murphy, completely complements the movie's emotional highs and lows and has actually become a popular feature in its own right.

Conclusion and Legacy
"Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken" has left audiences captivated with its unique mix of teen drama, sci-fi, and dream components. The strong performances by the lead stars, as well as the interesting story and beautiful visuals, have made it a standout film of 2023. As a coming-of-age story that emphasizes friendship, identity, and acceptance, "Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken" has left an indelible influence on its viewers, making it a remarkable addition to the canon of teenage movies.

Top Cast

  • Lana Condor (small)
    Lana Condor
    Ruby Gillman (voice)
  • Toni Collette (small)
    Toni Collette
    Agatha Gillman (voice)
  • Annie Murphy (small)
    Annie Murphy
    Chelsea Van Der Zee (voice)
  • Sam Richardson (small)
    Sam Richardson
    Brill (voice)
  • Liza Koshy (small)
    Liza Koshy
    Margo (voice)
  • Will Forte (small)
    Will Forte
    Gordon Lighthouse (voice)
  • Colman Domingo (small)
    Colman Domingo
    Arthur Gillman (voice)
  • Jaboukie Young-White (small)
    Jaboukie Young-White
    Connor (voice)
  • Blue Chapman
    Sam Gillman (voice)
  • Eduardo Franco (small)
    Eduardo Franco
    Trevin (voice)
  • Ramona Young (small)
    Ramona Young
    Bliss (voice)