Revue of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
Release Date: August 18, 2016
Directed By: Travis Knight
Kubo (Art Parkinson) is a one eyed Japanese kid hiding from villains who have killed his father and are now after him. When he inadvertently blows his cover, Kubo conscripts the services of Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to protect him. Armed with a Shamisen and origami paper, Kubo, Monkey & Beetle embark on a quest to unlock the secrets of a legendary amour and subdue the evil “Sisters” and the greedy Moon king.
Laika Studios have once again delivered yet another visually resplendent animation movie. Seeing this movie, the first thing that caught my eye was the fluid animation. My favorite scene was the scene with the skeleton that was guarding the magical sword. My admiration for that particular scene was further amplified when I watched the making and saw how much work and technical depth went into making that scene.
The plot was pretty deep one and may not resonate with young kids. There seemed to be a little too much dialogue and not enough “actions” scenes and such movies have a way of alienating kids who want to see a lot of goofing around. However, I think the kids will enjoy the origami that featured in the movie.
The voice characters didn’t really pull all the stops and I think the only memorable character is that of the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). All the voice artists seemed really ordinary and lacked any real spirit and depth. Its either they were unsure of how to interpret their characters or I guess the producers paid so much attention to the visuals and not as much attention to the voicing.
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is a story deeply immersed in Japanese tradition and culture and earns 6.9/10 on my awesome-o-metre.
Break a leg.