The Reel Review

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When an explorer (Hugh Jackman) discovers an eight-foot-tall Sasquatch (Zach Galifianakis) in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the Bigfoot begs him to free him from his lonely life of solitude and take him to the Himalayas to find his cousins, the Yeti.  So off they go, joined by the widow (Zoe Saldana) of another former explorer.

The uninspired story from writer/director Chris Butler (ParaNorman) is filled with flat, corny one-liners; bland, unrelatable characters; and phoned-in voice-over work from his cast. The only saving grace – somewhat interesting animation and a handful of ironic, funny one-liners from Emma Thompson as The Elder. This is one of the most painfully boring animated films in years.

REEL FACTS

• Missing Link writer/director Chris Butler was a co-writer of 2016’s Kubo and the Two Strings

• This is Annapurna Pictures’ second animated film after 2016’s Sausage Party

• Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana both play Marvel superheroes – Jackman was Logan/Wolverine in the X-Men franchise and Saldana is Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and 2018’s  Avengers: Infinity War.

 

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