Missing Link

Missing Link

DVD - 2019
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Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travels the world to help their new friend.
Audience: PG
Publisher: [Willowdale, Ont.] :, Universal Studios Canada Inc.,, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD Kids MISSING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Aug 22, 2019

I enjoyed this work and would love to see more of it

DanielVaniel Aug 04, 2019

Laika animation studios tends to hit hard or misses with (fair) grace. Kubo and the Two Strings was an absolute, riveting masterpiece, a shining brilliance, but The Missing Link was...a far cry. The craft of stop-motion, as documented briefly at the end, is absolutely genius, and really an artisan skill, but the story, the characters, the decisions in plot fall a flat. And sadly, unlike other characters of the studio, one has little or no attachment to anyone. Nothing really is finished in setting up the beliefs and motives of either the characters of the villains, who are not worth either remembering nor mentioning, and they do an amazing job--not a compliment--of neglecting the plethora of available stock available from (copyright-free) late Victorian-era British monsters+characters.

At least the acting was excellent, and one of the great highlights of the movie is the clever way in which the 2nd main male character, humorously adopting the name Susan, takes every expression and figure of speech very literally--the slap stick comedy is strong with this one. I do think that Zoe Saldana's talents are underutilized and maybe a little under sung for the flat characters of the movie--of which there is a hint of a strong female lead undertone, which is started interestingly, but then executed flatly in the 2-dimensional role. Emma Thompson, is of course, as ever, immaculate--even when one is not rooting for the character. Hugh Jackman does wonderfully with what little he is given with this movie. Nevertheless, Laika Studios is gloriously creative, so I'd stick out the journey with them, should more kid's movies (and that epithet is debatable, at times) come out, which I certainly hope they do.

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