MISSING LINK

Cert PG 95mins Stars 4

Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast to a high old time in the Himalayas in this delightful animated comedy full of family fun and excitement.

With engaging energy and charm the Aussie actor plays a 19th century English aristocratic adventurer searching for the missing link between humans and apes.

A sighting of the legendary Sasquatch in the US leads to a madcap whistle-stop journey by steamship, locomotive, stagecoach and elephant, from the Wild West to the fabled city of Shangri-La.

Along for the ride are Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis, with wonderful support from Brits Emma Thompson and David Walliams.

Astonishing heights of craftsmanship mix the richly detailed texture of traditional stop-motion animation with beautiful CGI vistas to glorious effect.

The producers were deservedly Oscar nominated in 2017 for their wonderful fable, Kubo and the Two Strings, and though this more mainstream adventure feels a tiny evolutionary step backwards by their lofty standards, it’s still a wonderful early Easter treat.

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