Missing Link is a well paced and heart warming story that will keep you smiling from start to finish. This comes as no surprise as it’s the latest stop-motion animated adventure created by the extremely talented people at Laika Studios. This is the same studio that created stories such as Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and the Award winning Kubo and The Two Strings.
So What Is It About?
Missing Link tells the story of adventurer and monster hunter named Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) who’s dream of being accepted into a rather dire club of explorers leads him to the discovery of a Sasquatch (Zack Galifianakis), aka The Missing Link or as he likes to be called: Susan. In a bid to prove himself: Frost agrees to help Susan reach The Yeti’s, his long lost cousins hiding in the Himalayas. Along with ex-lover Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), the trio embark on a quest like no other before it, learning many lessons about friendship and acceptance along the way.
This story truly is one full of heart. Despite the bold colours, fun-filled action and constant change of settings the main focus feels like it’s purely on the characters and their individual development. It’s really satisfying to see a true quest/journey take place right from the beginning all the way to the end with a clear goal and aim throughout. The story doesn’t lose itself half way through, we know where we’re heading and we know why we’re watching and it’s reassuring to know as the movie goes on.
The Message Of Belonging And Acceptance
Missing Link contains a lot of important messages and themes that aren’t too obvious but are very much present. The movie explores the theme of wanting to belong: both Frost and Mr Link/Susan want to be accepted and surrounded by people that they believe are similar to them, they also believe that once they reach this goal of acceptance they can finally be happy. The journey they end up on teaches them many important life lessons with the main lesson consisting of letting your heart open to the ones around you and those different to you. The movie reassures you that it’s ok to be peculiar and that it’s important to surround ourselves with people that have little in common with us, in-fact this movie is about celebrating and embracing our differences, it’s what makes the world a brighter place.
Character Development Done Right
This movie worked so well because it put so much effort and focus into it’s characters. It gave them their own stories and enough breathing space with time to develop each one as the movie went on; it was almost effortless. The development from the beginning of the movie compared to the end really made a mark, they began with their flaws and issues which were addressed throughout until they reached a satisfying conclusion, come the time the credits roll the movie felt worthwhile because of this. The parallels between Frost and Link also shine through, they’re lonely and lost souls both looking to belong somewhere they probably shouldn’t. Zoe Saldana’s character also shines, she seems like the only logical person in the movie. She’s a mediator and acts almost like each character’s moral compass guiding the characters and their actions. She’s a strong individual but one that also has a lesson to learn, she’s forced to open her heart to others and live a life of adventure and new experiences instead of grief and isolation.
How can we not talk about the animation. Pixar movies are aesthetically beautiful and always manage to leave me in awe at how advanced computer animation has become but there’s something that feels so refreshing and meaningful when it comes to stop-motion animation. Laika Studios really pulled it out of the bag with this one. The detail is seriously impressive, you could take any single frame from the countless amount included in this movie and you’ll appreciate the detail and beauty. The environments and climates are explored and presented in the most gorgeous of ways, the colours are not your typical ones that you would expect and everything feels so original. From the moment Missing Link begins you’re sucked into this mesmerising world of colour. You really appreciate the effort that went into this movie while watching it; to create an entire movie using stop-motion you have to be completely dedicated and in love with every set, scene and character and it really does show.
A Heart-Warming Adventure For All Ages
So in conclusion, if you’re thinking of seeing a movie at the cinema this month then this is the one to see. If you’re taking your children or just going with your partner or friends, Please choose this over a movie like ‘Wonderpark’ because you’ll appreciate and fall in love with this more, I guarantee it. There’s important lessons to be learnt and it will leave you with a massive grin throughout. A lot of love went into this movie and you can tell. Missing Link is a beautiful, character focused animated adventure that’s packed full of fun and worth your time watching. Go support this movie so we can see more like it in the future.