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.
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The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognize this. Sir Lionel's last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America's Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature. A living remnant of Man's primitive ancestry. The Missing Link (Zach Galifianakis).Written by
The latin phrase in the floor of the entrance hall of "The Optimates Club" (sic) reads "Retrorsum et Deinceps Factique sunt" which can translate to "Altogether, Backward, and Forward." See more »
Though the film takes place no later than 1886 (as evidence of the Statue of Liberty being shown under construction), Mr. Link has zips up his pants, decades before the zipper was patented. See more »
[Stenk stands over Lionel, who is dangling from a ledge]
It ain't about the paycheck anymore, now it's just a matter of shallow, self-centred pride.
Sir Lionel Frost:
Careful, Stenk. You know what they say pride comes before.
Wait a minute, I know this. Is it Tuesday?
[Sir Lionel pulls Stenk off the ledge]
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There is a behind-the-scenes clip in the closing credits that displays how the models and graphics were done. See more »
An original and heterogeneous trio goes on an expedition in search of Shangri-La, during the Victorian era: 1) Sir Lionel Frost is a British adventurer who might be considered as the perfect mix of the professor Otto Lidenbrock from Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Vernes, 1864) and Indiana Jones (Steven Spielberg, 1981-2008), 2) Adelina Fortnight is a wonderful widow with character and 3) Mr. Link, a caveman as ingenuous as touching, a kind of missing link between us and our ancestors, is desperately looking for a soul mate.
The drawings are remarkably successful and the story is riddled with madcap plot twists. Given the kinship with the exquisite Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) and the excellent Coraline (2009), I probably hoped for better. Nevertheless, this zany story of adventurers addressing such important topics as friendship, trust or recognition, is overall a success that I really appreciated. I was obviously not the only one to laugh, in the movie theater.
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