tek's rating: ¼

Missing Link (PG)
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Wikipedia says this is set in 1886, but I never saw or heard any mention of the year in the movie. Still, that sounds about right. Anyway, it's about a British adventurer named Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), who tries to prove the existence of mythical creatures. We first see him discovering the Loch Ness Monster; unfortunately, his camera gets broken during a struggle, so he has no proof. Later we see him receive a letter from someone telling him where to find Sasquatch. There's a club called the Society of Great Men (who I think are also adventurers) which he wants to get into, but has always been denied membership. He now makes a deal with the apparent leader of the club, Lord Piggot-Dunceby (Stephen Fry) to let him join the club if he can prove Sasquatch's existence. So he travels to America, and Washington state, where he soon meets the Sasquatch (Zach Galifiankis), and finds that he can talk. In fact, it was he who wrote the letter to Sir Lionel. He wants Lionel's help getting to the Himalayas to find Yetis, who he believes are cousins to his own species, of which he is the last. Lionel agrees to help, and names the Sasquatch Mr. Link, who travels with him in disguise.

Lionel had a former friend who I gather married the woman he loved, Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), which apparently ended their friendship. He knows that his old friend (now deceased) had a map that could help him find Shangri-La, where he believes the Yetis live. He tries to obtain the map from Adelina, but she refuses to give it to him. He ends up obtaining it anyway, with some help from Mr. Link. Adelina eventually ends up traveling with them. Meanwhile, there's a bounty hunter named Stenk, who has been hired by Piggot-Dunceby to kill Lionel before he could deliver proof of Sasquatch's existence. He tracks them throughout the film, occasionally making trouble for them.

I don't want to reveal any more of the plot, but our heroes have their share of ups and downs. And ultimately there's a happy ending. Anyway, I didn't like the movie as much as I usually like Laika films, but it was alright. There were plenty of things I liked about it, as well as a number of things I kind of didn't. And I don't know what else to say about it.

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