Voiced By: Hugh Jackman, David Walliams and Zach Galifianakis
Directed By: Chris Butler
Genre: Stop-motion Animation Fantasy
Runs: 94 Minutes
Opens Thursday April 8th
The last ten years have seen a surge in stop-motion filmmaking and the studios keep upping their technical game all the time.
This story begins with a monster in a lake. Adventurer Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) and his long-suffering assistant, Mr. Lint (David Walliams), are on the hunt for a mythical beast in the Scottish Highlands.
Initially, it seems like a wild goose chase, until a prehistoric monster emerges from the murky depths, towering over the pair’s little wooden rowboat. Following a brief altercation, Frost captures irrefutable proof of the camera-shy Loch Ness Monster, only to see it destroy his photographic equipment. Upon returning to London empty-handed he is ridiculed by the members of an elitist explorers club he desperately wishes to join. The truth is he doesn’t really fit in, but he is nonetheless determined to make his name and win the respect of his peers.
So Frost decides to go west. Not long after arriving in the Pacific Northwest our seasoned investigator makes a discovery so strange, so utterly confounding, even he is at a loss to explain it. Eight feet tall, a huge animal 285 kilos, covered in thick rust-colored fur and with a great grasp of the English language, the creature Frost encounters is not quite the legend he had in mind. Indeed, the supposedly fearsome, primitive Sasquatch (Zach Galifianakis) reveals itself to be a gentle and intelligent being who longs to be with others of its kind – to finally understand its place in the world.
Frost promptly dubs his ape-like acquaintance “Mr. Link” after his now former assistant, and together they chart a course for a lost paradise deep within the Himalayas known as Shangri-La, where an ancient tribe of Yeti are said to live in blissful solitude. As these unlikely travelling companions make their way east via New York City and the Indian subcontinent, they attempt to evade a bounty hunter who has been hired to kill Frost. This is one of those films where the destination is much less important than the journey itself. This stop-motion adventure is so much fun and “Missing Link” is a rare and highly enjoyable film.
Score: 8 out of 10