An epic fantasy for the whole family.
Review 2016 by Flytrap
Kubo And The Two Strings
Written by: Marc Haimes, Chris Butler (screenplay) from the story by Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes
Directed by: Travis Knight
Starring: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei
Full cast and crew here
Running time: 101 Mins
A boy undertakes a perilous journey to find the magic armor that will protect him from his less-than-ideal family. His companions are an ape a bug, and a piece of animated origami.
This is a pretty wonderful thing to watch. The scenery, while animated, is eye-popping. There are moments of pure terror (you thought YOUR aunts were wicked). Theron and McConaughey manage to bring some winsome humor with them and Kubo makes you want to give him a scholarship to finish his studies.
The animation was done by stop-motion, basically the same technique that brought us Gumby and Mr. Bill. And though it was well-done for the most, there were a few places that got noticeably jittery. Laika Studios deserves much accolade for this, but they still haven’t got it down completely. I expect great things from them.
I’ll highly recommend this one and take the whole family; the kids in the theater were eating it up. The credits are rather lovely, compared to the big black sonorous boomings we see too much of lately, and there is one quick scene therein that is worth waiting for involving some behind-the scenes animation technique.
Flytrap rating: 7.5/10
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