Kubo and the Two Strings (2015) – 4.5/5

Kubo and the Two Strings is a refreshing film with stunning animation, an original story, and engaging characters. Seldom we see such a complex and dark, yet beautiful, animated movie such as this one. Much less one that provides entertainment for kids and adults alike. And no, this was not the work of a big production company such as Dreamworks or Pixar, and still it is just as good. Maybe even better.

The studio that brought us Coraline and ParaNorman, Laika, delivers an amazing experience and one of its best creations to date. The animation style pops up right away. The transitions between past and present times are clear and unique. Yet, the animation is not the only achievement of this film. The gorgeous soundtrack by Dario Marianelli is moving and seductive from beginning to end. Matthew McConaughey’s distinguishable voice, and Charlize Theron’s and Art Parkinson’s develop into beautiful characterizations. A range of mature topics such as family, solitude, and death appear in a solemn but enjoyable manner. The feel of the film is breathtaking, the art is mesmerizing, and the story is unusually involved.

Director Travis Knight creates an unforgettable masterpiece that is quite close to perfection. The few puzzling plot and script shortcomings are quickly forgotten with the amazing story. At the end of the day, Kubo and the Two Strings is an inspirational film that fills the viewer with wonder… And undeniably one of the best movies of 2016.

Learn more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes


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