Movie Review: ‘Missing Link’

Review by Lauryn Angel

Laika Studios has produced another great family flick with Missing Link. While not as mesmerizing as Kubo and the Two Strings, the film shares a sense of humor with director Chris Butler’s previous film, ParaNorman. I found it delightful, but it’s probably best for older children as some of the humor might not hit home with younger kids.

Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) is a Victorian-era explorer who is determined to find legendary creatures. When he finds them, however, his bumbling means he often doesn’t find the evidence he needs in order to gain membership to the very exclusive group of scientists led by Lord Piggot-Dunceby (Stephen Fry), who is resistant to such modern advances as electricity, evolution, and women’s suffrage. So when Frost receives a letter promising him evidence of a living Sasquatch, he jumps at the chance to prove himself – only to discover that the letter came from the Sasquatch himself. Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis), as he is soon named, wants Sir Lionel to help him find the Yeti, who he believes are long-lost relatives. Teaming up with Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), they travel the globe in search of the Yeti, trailed by Willard Stenk (Timothy Olyphant), a hitman hired by Lord Piggot-Dunceby to prevent the group from reaching their goal. Hilarious hijinks ensue.

The voice cast is rounded out by luminaries such as David Walliams, Mat Lucas, and Emma Thompson – the latter absolutely delightful as the Elder.

Any film from Laika Studios is worth seeing, and Missing Link continues that tradition. It’s good clean fun – with a few bits that the adults will get, and the kids will laugh at simply because the adults are laughing.

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