This is a kid’s movie?
Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop-motion animated film by the same studio that made ParaNorman and Coraline. The basic premise involves a young boy with magical powers, who soon finds himself on a mystical adventure full of action, laughs, and holy-shit-this is-kind-of-scary-what-am-I-watching?
Kubo wins points just for how clever and creative everything is. It definitely pulls ideas from east Asian cultures, but the story concept and characters feel very fresh and unique. The villains are also done exceptionally well, they have this presence that not a lot villains in movies have. The kind of presence that makes your hairs stick up and sends shivers through your body, and it ain’t even cold. The set design is especially beautiful to look at, and the environments and buildings are very distinguished and varied that its hard not to sit back and just admire what’s on screen.
The story itself is well crafted and always kept interesting and entertaining. The pacing is the only thing that feels off in some way. The beginning runs a little too long in establishing the main plot, and the end is a tad rushed but these are just minor qualms.
If you ever were a fan of the stories of Greek, Asian, Norse, or any other mythology, then Kubo should be right up your alley. It feels like a movie made for adults, but targeted towards children, if that makes any sense. There’s a lot to admire here, and Kubo is worth your time and money.
As long as you don’t mind some nightmare fuel with your kid’s animated adventure movie.
Overall Score: 4/5 stars