Kubo And The Two Strings
Kubo is a small boy who lives in a cave with his mother, everyday to goes to the local village to tell stories but his mother insists he be back before dark. So when he is a bit late, he finds himself fighting vengeful spirits with the help of a sardonic monkey and a beetle samurai with no memory in order to regain some heirlooms and break a curse on his family.
The animation studio Laika, just can’t catch a break. Previous movies including Paranorman and The Boxtrolls were both enjoyable and under watched, just like Kubo And The Two Strings.
The animation is beautiful. The sequence of taking the sword from the giant skeleton and the boat made from leaves at sunset are really something. The voice work is solid, Charlize Theron in particular is a stand out voicing Monkey.
Like Disney/Pixar often start with the death of a parent. The threat of death looms large in Kubos life. Often he has to make adult decisions and face the consequences, in fact it is quite dark. The sisters that float around in long black capes are genuinely creepy.
Kubo And The Two Strings is another fantastic stop motion animation from Laika, although it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. It is a quite a dark film, with a dark and reasonably adult ending about coping with loss and using your imagination as an escape. Clever and beautifully animated and probably the opposite of Finding Dory.