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“Missing Link” is lesser LAIKA, but still charming

“Missing Link” is lesser LAIKA, but still charming

“Missing Link” is lesser LAIKA, but still charming
April 17
08:45 2019

“Your utopia sucks!”

“Missing Link” is an absolutely charming adventure with jaw-dropping animation and there are some prominent messages of self acceptance which will be good not only for kids, but for adults, too.

The issue with ‘Missing Link” is something just feels missing from its story. It’s a pretty paint-by-the-numbers story with nothing particularly fresh about it even though it should be applauded for having original characters and ideas even if its execution is quite standard. However, its script is endlessly charming thanks to some really hilarious lines of dialogue and fleshed out characters.

In addition to these, the voice cast is wonderful. Hugh Jackman is great as the enigmatic explorer Sir Lionel Frost, and Zoe Saldana is quite good as the widow Adelina Fortnight. Zach Galifianakis is perfectly cast as the aptly named Mr. Link. He exudes the exact characteristics of our Missing Link with the exact personality, humor and sensitivity the character has.

If you are unaware of LAIKA and based off of their unfortunate box office returns you may not be, they are a studio that specializes in stop-motion animated film such as “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” “The Boxtrolls” and “Kubo and the Two Strings.” While these films do not do gangbusters at the box office, they are some of the most gorgeous-looking, narratively satisfying animated films to come out in years.

They release a new film every two to three years solely because of the immense work it takes to make each film. While it sucks having to wait for a new film from there, the greatest thing about each film is how amazing each of them look.The time it takes to make each film is reflected in each scene of every movie because of how astonishing the animation looks.

Despite some discrepancies in the story for “Missing Link,” the hard work is also shown in the stories of these films. They are beautiful, sensitive narratives with mature themes bursting at the seams of them, willing you to accept it before it makes itself known. “Missing Link” may not have the emotional heavyweight themes in its narrative, but it is still a beautiful film with a charming narrative.

“Missing Link” may not have as powerful of a narrative as I would have hoped, but its more family-friendly narrative could possibly sell more tickets due to families wanting more lighter far. I urge you to support this film not only for the well-being of LAIKA, but to support original stories along with gorgeous animation.

My rating: 3.5/5

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