Kubo and the Two Strings – Review

Kubo and the Two Strings, this unique film caught the eye of my two children. We had a great opportunity to catch an early screening and it was well worth it. Gifted with magic passed down from generations before him, young Kubo (Art Parkinson) spends his days peacefully taking care of his mother. All that comes crashing down when he accidentally awakens spirits from his past. Kubo has to take on a quest to locate 3 magical items to in order to restore his life and the future. Now on the run, Kubo teams up with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with his magical guitar, Kubo must do everything he can to stop the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and solve the mystery of his missing father.

If you have seen The Nightmare Before Christmas, you’ll notice similar animation in Kubo. Everything is clay animation with a touch of CGI, one advantage technology has given us over the years. The animators did a spectacular job and aside from Halloween being a favorite time of year for me, Kubo was just as good as Tim Burton’s hit.

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The storyline for KUBO is fantastic. The film is very unique in it’s own and is something we haven’t seen before. Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes did a great job writing it. One thing I would caution viewers on is the age range for children. My kids are three and four years old and absolutely loved Kubo, but the story is dark and hard to understand for children of their age. I do believe kids will enjoy it though Kubo has several hilarious moments. The connection to the characters was done well. Each character was given an emotional connection to the audience. Each turn left me hoping for Kubo’s success.

Kubo and the Two Strings delivered, I left the theater satisfied with everything the film presented. I strongly recommend taking the family out to see this film when it hits the big screen. Don’t miss a special opportunity to see in theaters.

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About: Jake Grunwald

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