Kubo and the Two Strings review


Release date:November 22, 2016

Studio:Focus Features

Director:Travis Knight

MPAA Rating:PG (for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril)

Screenwriters:Chris Butler, Marc Haimes

Starring:Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro

Genre:Action, Animation, Adventure


Exiled from their village Kubo and his mother are on the run from Raiden, the Moon King who also happens to be Kubo’s Grandfather whom is accompanied by Kubo’s Mothers sisters who wish to take Kubo’s remaining eye. The Story opens within a vast open ocean. Waves are towering high over a small boat with Kubos mother trying desperately to find refuge. as they come near an island they are washed ashore and she tries desperately to find her son. Fast forward a few years ahead we com to the two of them hiding in a cave high above the ocean, Kubo makes a living telling stories to the people of a nearby village. With his Shamisen and colorful paper Kubo brings his stories to life with animated origami.  His tale consists of a brave samurai who braves a fortress to face a dragon emperor.  His Tale begins to come to life when he is found by the evil sisters of his mother. With the last of her energy Kubo is magically sent far away to begin his quest for the sacred armor so he may face his grandfather. Along the way he is joined by a monkey and Beetle whom watch over him in his journey filled with great obstacles and hilarity along the way.
Laika Entertainment has done it again with Kubo. This 3D stop motion film is a brilliant display of the new techniques and animation. The Film displays Beautiful handmade landscapes that appear as vast as an entire ocean or as menacing as the demon in its cave. Along with the film’s stunning visuals was the very talented cast.  Charlize Theron plays the voice of Kubos mother and the very straight laced Monkey. Matthew McConaghey voices the brave yet forgetful Beetle. Ralph Fiennes plays Raiden the Moon King.
Other celebrity voices include Rooney Mara and George Takei.