Hello all, and welcome to my review of Kubo and the Two Strings! 😀
(Heh… Not today Matrix 3… Not today.)
“If you must blink, do it now…”
Starring: Art Parkinson (Kubo), Charlize Theron (Monkey), Matthew McConaughey (Beetle), Rooney Mara (The Sisters), Ralph Fiennes (The Moon King), George Takei (Hosato), Brenda Vaccaro (Kameyo)
Plot (taken from IMDb):
“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.”
Art Parkinson (Kubo) – I love this Kubo! One of my favorite heroes to come along in a kids movie in a while. He’s one tough kid, and he’s determined (to the point of being stubborn), and way more forgiving than me, lol. I need to learn how to tell stories the way he does. 😀
Charlize Theron (Monkey) – I love this monkey! She’s always watching over Kubo, protecting him, and truly cares about him. Lol, she’s also a tough and scary monkey, when she wants to be. XD
Matthew McConaughey (Beetle) – I love this beetle! (never thought I would say that… ever) This would be me as a beetle. “Do I have eyelids?” Yep. Me. He’s kind of goofy, but well-meaning, and is fun comic relief.
Rooney Mara (The Sisters) – I love this Rooney Mara in general! Just saying. She’s really creepy as The Sisters. Something about the way her voice echoes when they’re both talking at once just gives me the chills. They’re scary because they really don’t see anything wrong with what they’re doing.
Ralph Fiennes (The Moon King) – another “scary because he’s so sure he’s right” kind of villain. He’s the main bad guy, behind the scenes, that you don’t see until the end of the movie. You hear enough about him, however, to want to stab him, despite this being a kids movie.
George Takei (Hosato) – a sweet and grandfatherly character, who is always kind to Kubo. Also, George Takei is awesome anyway. 😀
Brenda Vaccaro (Kameyo) – an adorable older lady who is close to Kubo, and always looks forward to his stories.
I generally tend to like kids movies, like Disney, Pixar, and Studio Ghibli, and this one was really good. I was really impressed with both the stop-motion animation and the story.
This movie, as a whole, was beautiful, and had a deeper theme about life and death than I was expecting. The characters themselves, and the heart in the story, really made this one a winner.
Kubo’s interactions with his mother at the beginning of the movie were so touching. And the relationships he formed with Monkey and Beetle along the way were sometimes hilarious, sometimes a little bittersweet.
The mix of action, adventure, and magic was awesome too! 😀
You know I’m a sucker for magic especially, and Kubo did not disappoint. I really liked the way they handled it, and made it part of the world.
And also, I want a magical guitar now. ❤
In certain parts, this movie was also a little darker than I was expecting, however. There were a couple moments that might be a little scary for younger kids. It felt like it might be appreciated more by older kids and adults, but I think it’s a fun one for anybody over all.
Part of what makes the villains so creepy is their cold dismissal of humanity. They don’t see the value, or the point, and they’re willing to go to some really extreme lengths to capture Kubo.
I think that may be why my only complaint is that the ending felt a little too easy. Maybe this isn’t entirely fair, since it’s a kids movie, but I feel like the Moon King got off waaaaay too easy in the end.
This is probably my burning desire for retribution rearing its ugly head again, despite the fact that this is a kids movie. It’s really the only thing I can find to pick on though, lol. As a whole, this really is a great movie. 😀
My rating for Kubo and the Two Strings: Epic – This is one of my new favorite movies, and I’ll absolutely be buying it when it comes out. One of it’s main strengths is that this is one that both adults and kids can enjoy together. There’s a good balance between the action, comedy, and the more serious parts. Definitely check it out if you enjoy movies like Coraline or ParaNorman, or stop-motion animation in general, mixed with fantasy and heart. 🙂
Epic: This movie is so mind-bogglingly awesome that I may go see it twice. This one will have a place of honor on my shelf.
Cash-Worthy: Good stuff. This will most likely find a place on my shelf.
Not Bad: I liked it. I’m glad I saw it, and it may or may not end up on my shelf at some point. I would say rent it first to be safe.
Meh: Rent it first. You may love it or hate it, but I’m indifferent probably because it’s not my type of movie. I’m glad I saw it, but it won’t end up on my shelf.
Emergency Cake: I have an emotional reaction to movies sometimes, especially to tragedies. If a movie makes me sad or angry, sometimes it will stick with me for a while. At these times, only chocolate cake can save me. Chocolate cake makes everything better. No shelf for you. Ever.