Kubo and the Two Strings (Review)


Kubo and the Two Strings is directed by  Travis Knight and staring Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey and Art Parkinson and it is a stop motion animation from Laika the same production company behind titles like : Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. in my opinion they are one of the best companies working in animation films right now in the same caliber as Pixar and Studio Ghibli.

Kubo is the story of a young boy who lost his eye and lives with his mom who seems to have some kind of brain condition, Kubo goes to the nearby town every day to put on a show and provide for his sick mother, but for some reason he always leaves before nightfall because his mother told him no to be out at night because they are hiding from someone, I wont say who or why and I wont spoil anything just know everything in the story will make sense by the end of it and it will unravel in a fantastic way.

Laika’s work is really one of the most impressive things I have ever seen, and the fact that it is all stop motion it really blows my mind, the details in the faces are so amazing it just brings the world to life. paired that with couple of love able characters one a Monkey and the other a beetle also a very scary looking villainous sisters and you are in for a very entertaining film.


one of the things that I really enjoyed about this film was the way the film was structured, it felt like an old school RPG game, even the way they introduced the characters to the protagonists and the way he figures out his quest it is really like an RPG game and I loved that about the movie, this is why I feel like games like The Last Of Us that was cinematic and introduced its story in the cinematic way did better than any game based on a movie, same situation was with Kubo the movie told its story in the same structure a video game would and it did it better than any movie that is based on a video game because the movie did understand its medium and that is very important I wish those who are adopting video games into movie will understand this point.

Verdict : Kubo and the Two Strings is a very well made stop motion animation movie that delivers a nice story in a fun and interesting way. (8.5/10.0)


Author: Aza Jabar


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