The stop-motion studio powerhouse behind films such as Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings now has another animated work to be proud of in Missing Link, an animated motion-picture that is as thematically beguiling as it is beautiful to watch in its animated splendor!
Adventurer and noted mythical-beast tracker Sir Lionel Frost and the legendary sasquatch, who answers to the names Mr. Link and Susan, take a perilous trip around the world to find the fabled city of Shangri-La, the city of the Yeti for Mr. Link seeks to find a family to belong to and Sir Lionel seeks to see his name go down in history as a legendary explorer/adventurer. Missing Link is a film about finding one’s place in the world and this film certainly finds its place as one of the best to come out this year so far!
I couldn’t help but think that Missing Link is a genuine delight! Writer/director Chris Butler has crafted a truly charming film with heart, sincere storytelling, of course breathtaking stop-motion animation and craftsmanship only rivaled by LAIKA studios’ animated achievements of the past! This is funny, it’s spirited, you can connect with the theme of wanting to belong to something, it’s an adventure that sweeps you away and you can’t help but enjoy it.
I believe this movie thrives off the main characters’ parallel longing to belong to something and as the plot is driven by Sir Lionel and Mr. Link’s dynamics, its appeal just grows stronger and Butler wrote and directed a beautiful movie based off this premise and everything about this movie is an engaging and wonderful experience.
The voice talents in this movie were superb! Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Fry, Amrita Acharia, Ching Valdes-Aran, Emma Thompson, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Adam Godley are all great lending their voices to these kooky characters.
If you’ve been a fan of LAIKA’s rich and splendid portfolio, you know that a lot of time and energy goes into the production and creation of these stop-motion animated epics and I could tell that a great amount of love and dedication went into the production of Missing Link. This is a beautiful movie to see; if anything the animation alone is spectacular and there is a sturdy story that compliments it perfectly.
Technically, this is a marvel! Carter Burwell’s music is good, Nelson Lowry’s production design is exceptionally done, Deborah Cook’s costume designs are nice, the camerawork is excellent, the editing is crisp and fluid; like I said, a lot of love, hard work and dedication goes into the making of these movies and I can feel that hard work paying off when I watch these movies.
Do not miss out on seeing Missing Link if you have the opportunity! This movie is splendid from start to finish, a spectacle to enjoy and a surefire achievement that lives up to the excellent standard LAIKA has set for itself! Missing Link does not miss a beat as far as I am concerned!