Kubo and the Two Strings

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

Kubo and the Two Strings is directed by Travis Knight, the same guy who worked on Paranorman, Caraline and the Box Trolls. It has a run time of 101 mins and starts with Kubo taking care of his mother and telling stories in the local village, but when a spirit form the past finds him an old vendetta is reignited. The only thing Kubo can do to survive is to his locate a magical suit of armour worn by a legendary samurai warrior.

Kubo (Art Parkinson) finds help from a talking Monkey (Charlize Theron) who helps him develop his abilities while simultaneously doing a great job of fighting off the masked sisters who are chasing them. There are several fight sequences throughout the film but the one on the boat has got to be one of my favourites as not only did it look cool but it also had a lot of tension as well.

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Matthew McConaughey also joins the cast as Beetle, a samurai bug without a master. He fights along side Kubo and Monkey, the latter of which he argues with on several occasions throughout the film but in that playful way that you often find in family friendly animated films. There were also a lot of laughs and I found myself rather enjoying this film.

The quality of the animation was pretty good for the most part, however there was a little bit towards the end of the film that could have been done a bit better. Although it didn’t really detract from the overall story which while simple actually worked pretty nicely and had a fair amount of character development which was good to see.

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The Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) could have been more fleshed out, most of his motivations and expositional scenes came from other characters. The search for the magical armour also proved to be only be a small part of the film with the most focus going to Kubo and the journey he takes alongside Monkey and Beetle.

Kubo and the Two Strings is a film that is suitable for the entire family, the story is very good and I am sure you will like the animation. It may be geared a little bit towards the younger side of that family but I have to say that I rather enjoyed it and I would highly recommend checking it out.

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