Laika's latest stop-motion animation feature, Missing Link, has been incredibly well-received since its opening. It currently sits at 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, hardly surprising for a film by the same company responsible for masterpieces such as Coraline and Kubo And The Two Strings. What's surprising, however, is that the company responsible for those same films made such a seemingly bright movie.
The company excels when it comes to darkness and oddball humor. While Missing Link contains quite a bit of the latter, those who've only seen the trailers might be under the impression that it contains far less of the former. The lush greens and solid blues of the scenery create an atmosphere of literal brightness, while the trailer's moments of interaction between Hugh Jackman's Lionel Frost and Zach Galifianakis' Mr. Link (also known as Susan) are fairly upbeat.
Don't let first impressions fool you. Missing Link is most certainly a Laika film. It may be somewhat brighter in tone, but it can be incredibly dark at times. This will please audiences with a twisted sense of humor, but those with sensitive children may want to consider the following ten moments before bringing the kids along to see this one.
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