Missing Link – Film Review
Director: Chris Butler
Writer: Chris Butler
Stars: Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Hugh Jackman
The great explorer explorer, Sir Lionel Frost (Jackman), is desperate to get proof of the existence of the missing link. He has recently spent time in Scotland trying to find evidence of the Loch Ness Monster but despite a very real encounter with the beast he returned to London empty handed. He wants to join a venerable society of explorers but they see him as a charlatan and a fraud. When he receives an unusual letter giving him details of the location of the Sasquatch, and he decides to travel to see what he finds. Once there, he not only encounters the missing link (Zach Galifianakis) but quickly befriends him!
This production is by Laika who are an animation house specialising in spot motion animation. They have already produced such work as Coraline (2009), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). This is their latest work and keeps a similar high standard to those that went before it.
There is an impressive cast of voice actors, with Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry and David Walliams all making appearances, along with those already listed. The film focuses on the missing link, or Mr Link as he becomes known (and later Susan) and his friendship with Frost. The two set out to find Mr Link’s cousins, who live in the Himalayas, the beasts known as the Yetis!
This film follows a fairly familiar story arc with our two main protagonists trying to find something, while being chased by a number of dastardly foes. There is nothing particularly unusual about the plot written by director Chris Butler. What he does develop are some interesting characters and quite a few well-worked gags. It’s a sweet tale, with Zach Galifianakis creating an endearing and self-effacing beast that will warm the hearts of all. While not of the same standard as their previous efforts Coraline or Kubo and the Two Strings, it is an enjoyable story of a misunderstood monster and another chance to see Laika’s wonderful stop motion world.