By: Agent Bunnie & Agent Afronaut
Last year during SDCC 2018, we had the opportunity to experience "Laika Live" - it was a mini tour of Laika Studios' projects, production process, and upcoming projects. The company really rolled out the red carpet for fans and those who stood in the long line to see their offsite tour. We were given so much free swag! The real joy in the whole "experience" was seeing how they actually made the films. They actually had people there with a mini workshop to show us how they make the 3D models and explained what goes into making them move, as well as their costume design process. Needless to say, we were very impressed - as if we weren't already! We here are Afronauts are pretty big fans of "Coraline" and "Kubo And The Two Strings".
It was there at SDCC that we were given a first glimpse at their latest movie, "Missing Link", before the general public! They actually played the trailer for us and then we walked through a forest that mimicked the one from the movie with exclusive images from the film! So, of course, we wanted to check the movie out once it came to theaters and see if it lived up to the hype that they presented to us.
WARNING! READING ANY FURTHER WILL HAVE SPOILERS! DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS! - WE DO RECOMMEND SEEING THE FILM!
Going into the movie, both Agent Afronaut & Agent Bunnie had very different ideas of what this movie was actually about.
Agent Afronaut thought the film was going to be very predictable with a storyline that has been played over and over- typical betrayal by the European explorer/conqueror. Agent Bunnie thought the film was going to be a cheesy telling of how we evolved. - One thing we both agreed on prior to seeing the movie, was that we had a lot of doubts in it being good. Yeah, sure we had experienced the hype at SDCC, but at that time very little was known about the film. The more previews we say in theaters, the more doubts we had. However, we're happy to report that we were both WRONG!
Quick Synopsis: The movie is about British adventurist, Sir Lionel Frost, who is played by Hugh Jackman. He is rejected by a high society club for adventurers and he makes it his mission to be apart of this club by proving that the creature known as Sasquatch exists! To do this he travels to Washington, USA after receiving a letter that turns out to be from a Sasquatch, aka Mr.Link, who is voiced by Zach Galifianakis. It is Mr.Link's desire to be taken to where his "cousins" are, known as the Yetis, so he can live out the rest of his days with his kind and not be lonely. Frost agrees to take Mr.Link to the Himalayas in exchange for being given proof that a Sasquatch exists. The journey to the Yetis home is long and involved being chased by a western outlaw the entire time who is hired by the leader of the British adventurer club and along the way they get help and are accompanied by Frost's ex-flame, Adelina Fortnight, who is voiced by Zoe Saldana. Once they find the Yeti's they are actually rejected by them, because Mr.Link (who is now known as Susan at this point) is viewed as "the redneck cousin". Eventually, they escape the Yeti prison, defeat both the outlaw and the British Lord who were out to kill them, and realize what was truly important.
The overall theme of the movie was "belonging", which was obvious. Both Sir Frost and Susan are seeking to belong, while Adelina already had figured out it's best not to try and belong to a group of people who won't accept you for who you are. It's the not so obvious aspects and the subtle details that really made the movie and made us here at Afronauts really get behind it!
Complaints: No real complaints here, although Agent Afronaut wasn't a fan of the cheesy humor. It's not for everyone, but Agent Bunnie enjoyed it! Agent Bunnie would have liked a bit more backstory on what happened to Susan's kind, but in hindsight this might have actually taken away from the message and the overall story.
Overall, we really enjoyed this movie and we highly recommend it! Even though it is animated, we feel this movie is best for older children 12+. Make sure to catch it in theaters soon before it makes it's way out! Of course, you could always buy the Blu-Ray/DVD!
Missing Link image is a promotional poster from Laika and is used solely for reference. Afronauts makes no claim to any copyrights.
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