Missing Link (2019) - Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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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 travel the world to help their new friend.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Chris Butler
Stars: Hugh Jackman, David Walliams
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 21 out of 172 found boring (12.2%)

One-line Reviews (122)

Some silly antics here and there keeps the adventure exciting, it's just unfortunate that the dry humour was incredibly inconsistent.

The ending was the only thing that saved the movie - the first part was dull and painful.

Too much for the younger group, boring for the middle aged kids and head shaking for the adults!

Arguably the visual highlights throughout are the breathtaking environments like the grand forests, gritty urban cities, and the vastly treacherous Himalayas.

The third act does however provide some unexpected thrills, particularly a sequence involving the characters dangling from a frozen bridge.

The characters are at best dull and unfunny and at worst falling into stereotypes.

I would say it is targeted for children age 4-8, but being enjoyable for children up to 10 depending on how precocious they are about social issues.

The plot is very formulaic.

My only reservations were it was it just got a bit too silly and stupid at times but it was still enjoyable.

Meh , predictable and painfully average ....

Where the story goes and the character arcs are foreseeable but the fact that they are entertaining and have a lot of charm, it's easy to overlook those aspects.

To put it bluntly, the film comes off as having been written by a committee of screenwriting students at a PC liberal university, who were more concerned with toadying up to the contemporary ideologies of the senior members of the committee than writing a brilliant, witty and engaging story.

Yawn.. the opening of the movie held so much promise.

Missing Link safely adventures across the globe showcasing Laika's stunning craftsmanship.

It also takes some unexpected - or, maybe, risky - turns and has a decent thematic underpinning.

The story is very engaging and relatable in its metaphorical adaptations.

So, while it's not all that original and there aren't really any arcs, it is entertaining throughout.

Really enjoyed it and I recommend you go see it!

Considering that he is the star of the show, this dragged down the experience for me, though it is not a bad film overall.

I love the detailed style and sophisticated humor of Laika films; however, as a mom, I know some young kids are going to be bored.

Took my 6 year old to see this think i enjoyed it just as much as he did very funny film lots of fun

But still quite entertaining.

A funny animation film with a little bit lack of intense action scene!

But all in all, although it has flawes, it's still enjoyable.

The comic dialogue and timing in this one are unexpected and on point.

With such beautiful stop-motion animation, even having an okay story results in an entertaining film.

Beautiful stop motion but a boring story .

Our main character is a fascinating vision of old school englishness who has amazing chemistry with our charming title character.

Hugh Jackman is just the overconfident (and surprisingly selfish) journeyman, Zoe Saldana plays the fiercely independent woman we've seen everywhere nowadays and the villains are just stock baddies there for the sake of giving the protagonists some kind of obstacle to dodge, even if it did result in a thoroughly entertaining action scene here and there.

Apart from all of this the cinematography is stunning and the animation confirms the well-known remarkable visual and technical quality that Laika put in its works.

Surprisingly, the action sequences are well done and actually quite thrilling, while still retaining the fun 'adventure feel'.

For example, the journey and the specific events that happen during the journey may seem more comical or entertaining to younger viewers.

Overall, Laika's latest entry is fun, charming & lighthearted but it's also formulaic, unstimulating & forgettable.

If at one time in the very beginning daring and abrupt movements, laid-back self-confidence, harsh phrases with nonrandom accidents, when something from the room accidentally gets into your arm or under the leg when the hero moves, and so on, was funny and breathtaking as it created the impression of an endless movement of the World of the protagonist ...

Be it one character thrown at an icy wall, another moving to the side of a bench and he is so heavy that the guy at the other end is thrown up in the air or the bad guy helplessly going full retard on the ground after receiving a (for him) bad message, it is incredibly funny and entertaining at times.

There were also some lovely perspective changes in angles, and placement, one scene in which a boat turns over to show characters running sideways is stunning.

What a waste of time

Enjoyable enough if a little predictable story.

In addition, some of the scenes feel really cliché such as the "heroes argue while in a rather hopeless confinement" and the end fight against Stenk.

More laidback and lighter then other Laika media, Missing Link is an enjoyable bigfoot movie .

excellent, very enjoyable .

Quite funny but a bit slow!

Not so missing, worth watching .

I enjoyed it and would buy it on DVD.

The story is very engaging and relatable in its metaphorical adaptations.

This confusion is only exaggerated on when a romance between them starts to blossom...

It turned out to be quite distracting, and in the end may have been part of the reason I walked out of the theater glad I had paid only $4 for a matinee.

It's a very enjoyable little film, so give it a watch!

The action scenes are also brilliantly choreographed with plenty of suspenseful stakes to keep the viewers intrigued.

On top of that, it's consistently entertaining.

The romance angle and her character alone was so contrived, like Zoe Saldona's character joins the adventure after Link and Sir Lionel robbed her house.

Greatest stop-motion animation ever, i could watch endless movies like that The story had some new things to tell, unexpected plotpoints and deeper meaning.

Kind of a boring film .

It was also kind of predictable, which was expected with a film like this.

The plot and writing are familiar and that makes it predictable.

The actual story itself is very simple and quite generic, but luckily the globe-trotting adventure includes several locations and scenarios for the characters to be in, which are all entertaining.

Boring .

It's arguably Laika's weakest so far, but it's still entertaining with outstanding animation.

The background and the details in them are breathtaking!

The story was a bit bland and the jokes borderline boring.

The bridge collapses and they are left hanging on the edge.

But parents should know that there is some typical cartoon violence and that the storyline might be a little too meaty for younger viewers who might get easily bored.

The animation is stunning, as to be expected from Laika, and it really shows the workmanship that was put into crafting every bit and piece that makes up thus movie.

How did that happen is another mystery, maybe even greater than the pointless technical achievement: how can you spend months and months working tirelessly on this titanic project without making sure that your script is airtight or, you know, at least good?

This is very creative, entertaining and suitable for a very wide age range.

Given that this is a feature about discovering new worlds and never before seen creatures, that alone should be enough to make this an entertaining experience.


There is a plot, story, and character development, but this goes at a slower pace, especially when compared with something from Disney or Illumination.

The main character goes on long self indulgent rants with so many random words thrown in you can tell it was written by a man that just bought a thesaurus.

What saves it is the characters and the always-impressive animation from Laika, which alone makes it worth watching.

There's two main problems with it: the rhythm that doesn't feel always right, especially the timing with which the events happen sometimes it's too quick, sometimes too long, sometimes it's just wrong and I think part of the problem is the editing that is not very convincing like if it doesn't match perfectly with the direction; the second problem are the human characters, they are bland and uninteresting, some of them are even annoying, the protagonist stand out only thanks to the great dubbing from Hugh Jackman.

An entertaining score from Carter Burwell and some amusing original music.

Movies I want to see, stunning pieces of art that are utterly beautiful for their own sake, and movies that make me love movies ...

Totally enjoyable with a good screenplay.

The main character is very under used and story is very boring.

A pointless technical achievement .

Cute story, but a bit slow for us adults too.

And despite the film's premise and moral message being average, it's still enjoyable for families.

Another reason would actually be that I expected an oh so predictable plot development in which the title character would in the end have to decide between his "relatives" and his friend and while I was never sure which side he would have picked (tendency to the latter), I am glad they took a totally different and unexpected route from the moment onwards when he meets the other "Links".

Perhaps not the film everybody was missing, but still an entertaining watch from beginning to end .

Admittedly, the plot is rather predictable, as it's not hard to figure out what will happen on Frost's path of discovery.

It's too slow for young children, too boring and unoriginal for adults, and although there's plenty of jokes and slapstick, most of them don't lead to more than a snicker.

Overall, it's arguably the worst film that Laika has produced thus far, but it is still very entertaining and has great animation.

Also it's genuinely enjoyable, the story is original and fun, and I would believe sure to be a hit with younger viewers.

Feels written by a pretentious misogynist with a racist viewpoint on colonizer history.

Totally worth watching on the big screen.

Story was fun to watch and entertaining.

It follows just about every cliche' in the book, and it makes absolutely no effort to challenge itself, or the viewer in any way.

Each frame was just stunning to look at.

The Missing Link is funny and entertaining - so everything this movie sets out to do.

The animation was incredible, the action was entertaining...

Unfortunately, the titular creature is the weakest link (pun intended) as his ramblings and antics got a bit tiresome rather than funny.

But this film has a touch of familiarity in its script and that makes it predictable.

I reccomend you see it, as it is an enjoyable film, and also to support stop motion animated films as most don't make a lot of money.

However, what makes the story relatively engaging is how it's executed more as a character-drive narrative.

This isn't the best thing from Laika, that honor still remains with Kubo but its a perfectly enjoyable animated film.

The voice cast are all suited for their characters, who are likeable, the story set during the Victorian era does not necessarily have emotional depth, but it has plenty of visual slapstick comedy and action sequences to keep all ages happy, an enjoyable stop-motion animated adventure.

3 - It's pretty dang slow, most of the time you're just feeling like the film is filling time between action sequences.

One of Laika's weaker movies, but still worth watching for stop-motion fans.

However, the movie falls short of really being engaging and you will have seen most of the best moments already in the trailer - which frankly made this look a lot better.

Not a classic, but entertaining, well done, with enough laughs that you will be able to say you had a great time.

Beautiful stop-motion with impressive details, but young kids might get bored .

The relationship between Frost and Mr. Link leads to some entertaining interactions, and the situations they find themselves in are all fairly humorous, too.

The movie was so boring that me and my family were arguing about the character designs mostly the noses and I'm trying to see the flaws in the stop motion process where i saw very few.

My 9 year old left the theater in better spirits than myself, although the film failed to make much of an impression since she has not had a single question or observation about it since the credits rolled.

boring .

Waste of your time and $.

You sense the work and passion behind what you see on screen and the animation is breathtaking and even unbelievable at times.

The plot is fast paced and compelling as we travel across the world.

Super entertaining movie made with tiny puppets in stop motion animation.

It was funny, action packed and emotional.

At times, it does have some issues with the story, from varying from generic to cliche, but it also proves to be a worthwhile and moderately entertaining adventure.

Charmless and boring.

For adult viewers these things can unfortunately be a bit predictable or cliché.

And this is corny predictable (how he will move and how this whole scene will end).

Promising a pleasant ride to viewers yet lacking the emotional heft that made the studio's best efforts soar, Missing Link is a sufficiently entertaining fable of friendship & adventure that's only marred by its inability to match the high-standards Laika has set for itself over the years.

Like watching paint dry .

It reminds me of a really exciting adventure film which feels like a mix of Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and elements from a Western.

Its fluidity makes the action more intense, a plus considering there are a fair bit of scenes with that as the focus.

First of all, and possibly most of all, the animation that Laika use is absolutely stunning.

Just dull, insipid, monotonous.

He's very charismatic, albeit also very selfish with his ambition to become recognised for his exciting exploits.