Title: Kubo and the Two Strings
Director: Travis Knight
Genre: Animation, Adventure Family
Leads: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey
Here we go again! This was a random pick from last night. If you were to ask me if I would have ever chose to watch this movie over something else, I would have said no. Just based on the look and title, it isn’t something that would really draw you in. That being said I was pleasantly surprised with this movie!
The movie 1 hour and 41 minutes long (101 minutes) Which on the surface seems long for an animated movie to me. The animation style is different, going for a more Asian theme, which fits this movie well. It isn’t something I am usually a fan of in feature films but it works. This movie has some very well known voice actors that I wasn;t even aware of until I looked them up. Some have very small roles but it is cool to see big name stars voicing a movie like this. You have Charlize Theron playing the Monkey, Matthew McConaughey playing the Beetle, as the big two. Other notable names in short roles are George Takei as Hosato, Roony Mara voicing The Sisters, and Ralph Fiennes as the Moon King.
On to the plot! This movie is based around a small child, who is caring for his mother in a cave like structure. They were ship wrecked after fleeing her family. Her father and two sisters took her son’s (Kubo) eye, and killed his father. Her father being the Moon King, Kubo isn’t allowed outside after dark, for fear that they will find him and take his other eye. Kubo is a great story teller in the small village close by. He uses his guitar and paper to create wonderful visuals to go along with his stories, but always has to cut his stories short due to the day ending. He never gets to finish his stories and leaves everyone hanging. One night an old women tells Kubo how he can communicate with the dead, so he tries to contact his father. In doing so he stays out after dark and that is when the movie starts getting good. Up until this point the movie is pretty slow and almost makes you not want to watch over an hour more. But I promise it gets better! The Sisters start chasing Kubo and the story takes off. With the help of his Monkey charm, the Beetle, and his mom’s left over magic he begins his quest. All of which is laid out in the movie, but I don’t want to ruin anything.
This movie has a different animation style than most other feature length animated movies. At first I wasn’t sure I would like it the whole time, but it fits well. The story goes into pretty good detail and the movie gets pretty deep. Which you may not expect from a movie like this. I think this movie really sets it self apart from other movies in similar genres. If you remember from my last review, I said that movies in these categories go up against the greats. they have to have something special to stand out and shine above the others. I think this movie does just that. You get a real sense of caring, and compassion when watching this movie. You quickly want certain things to happen, and everything to play out well for the main characters. This movie has conflict, high points, low points, and over all a great story line with great actors. his movie is a pretty complete package.
To sum it all up I would recommend this movie to everyone. It has themes that would keep children entertained and is interesting enough to keep the adults in the room satisfied! The acting is great, the story is great, and there isn’t much more to say.
I would give this movie a 7.7/10