Most of you are asking what is this movie Jess is reviewing? In case you missed all the trailers for Kubo and The Two Strings; I will tell you a bit about it. After all who doesn’t love a good story?
Kubo is created by Laika, a stop motion production company. You may have heard of their movies such as BoxTrolls, Coraline, and Paranorman. This company has a rare gift not many film distributors understand in this world of CGI. Stop motion is the long process of making a puppet or a figurine go through the motions such as moving an arm in slow motion. It is an art that takes tons of time and dedication with the end result being someone more amazing and magical than anything in the world.
Kubo is the story of a young boy called Kubo, he is a storyteller in his village using a shamisen, a traditional japanese instrument and origami.
One night his village is attacked by two creatures looking for him. His mother sends him on a quest to find his father’s armor and sword to protect him from the monsters. As Kubo travels on his quest; he learns the true meaning of what it is to be a human and the power of storytelling.
Laika once again did an amazing job with this movie. The showcase of other cultural aspects of Japan, a place just known for anime, video games and sushi; breathes new life into it. The filmmakers made sure to focus on the paper folding art called Origami; Kubo’s use of the shamisen and the traditions of Japanese culture. These things and Laika’s amazing ability to make even the smallest thing extremely detailed and vibrant. It makes this story so visually stunning that you are afraid to blink because you may miss something amazing.
The soundtrack featuring the shamien backed by full orchestra moves the heart. The main theme is cover of The Beatles’ hit While My Guitar Gently Weeps which is fitting for a story of adventure, love, heartache and sadness.
Adding George Takei was a nice nod but overall these days I feel people use him more for his ‘oooooooohhhhhhh my’ catch phrase instead of the depth this actor can portray. The movie has a good pace, lots of plot twists and turns. Even the fact that Matthew Mcconaughey was in this film doesn’t do any harm at all. The ending while bittersweet is as amazing as the whole movie.
I recommend this film one to watch if you loved such films as The Last Unicorn, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. It is one of those films when kids today see it will be remembered fondly. Then purchased when the anniversary edition comes out when they are adults.
Add this one to your dvd collection as well because you will want to watch this one a few times.
Final Score: 8/10