Film Review - Kubo and the Two Strings

The Movie
Kubo and the Two Strings is the newest stop motion film from the minds behind BoxTrolls and Coraline. The story focuses on Kubo's quest to retrieve three magical artifacts to help defeat the Moon King who stole his eye when he was a baby. Can you say WORST GRANDFATHER EVER!!!! I am not going to lie, I am a fan of the Laika stop motion animated movies. Its just something about the quality of the work that speaks to ya boy. So needless to say I was really looking forward to watching this movie.  The movie is visually stunning and there are some really cool things that the animators do with paper and origami that are really cool to see.  The way the story is set up its easy to follow, also some parts of very predictable it didn't take away from the movie for me because the characters are likable and carry the story. Another element of the movie that caught me by surprise was the score. I thought it was well done especially during the action and storytelling sequences. The action sequences are done well too. There is really a lot to like with this movie in my opinion. That's not to say that the film is not without its issues. One of the issues I have already mentioned and that is its predictability, while this wasn't a deal breaker for me certain plot points were just way to obvious and can be seen coming a mile away. Another issue that I had was the "video game" nature of the quest. What I mean is that once they would find an item they were questing for there was a subsequent boss battle. I just think that they could have found a better way to handle that portion of the movie.

For Parents
This movie is rated PG. There is some action sequences and some of the story elements can get a little dark. There were some children in the theater that I was in that get a little scared of the Night Sisters. I didn't think it was that bad but I just thought I would let you know. The movie is an hour and 40 minutes long and is paced well. Other than that there isn't anything really bad in the movie.

The Verdict
I give this movie a MATINEE. Its a fun movie that is entertaining to both children and adults. If you are a fan of any of the other stop motion animated features I don't see why you wouldn't like this one. Plus it has a sword fighting monkey and who doesn't like seeing that on screen.


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