Missing Link ★★★

A gorgeous spectacle but then you start to wonder what it’s all for. Not just because the enormous technical difficulty of realizing this story in stop-motion animation could just as easily have been rendered in CG, but more because the character work is so sketchy and threadbare. Everyone marvels at Pixar’s visual chops but when watching Laika’s movies it’s clear that Pixar’s ability to root action in clearly defined motivation is the quality that’s truly difficulty to match.