Movie Review | Kubo and The Two Strings Wednesday 17 August, 2016

I went to a movie screening for the new kid-friendly movie Kubo and the Two Strings. Its an animated film with an Asian folklore, martial arts/samurai influence and a great storyline. Check out the synopsis below. 
Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.


My opinion: I don’t have any kids so I went into this movie with a child-like mindset that it was going to be very predictable kiddie movie. It had amazing animation and I would highly recommend the 3-D movie option because the visuals were amazing. It almost reminded me of the Coraline movie with the visuals. Also please take your little girls, I almost thought Kubo was a girl (similar to Mulan) but its great for any gender. Kubo is a strong young boy but tragically lost his eye as a baby due to some magical family fued. Kubo comes from a family lineage of strength and magic, but some people in his family used it for evil. Kubo and his mother were good people who are being chased and taunted for it – in which eventually turned into a venture of seeking the spirit of his father and ending this horrible family fued. I wont give too much of the movie away but it had a very great message! It reminds me of those folklore where in the end there is a lesson to be learned outside of watching a film.

I will put a disclaimer on this film. I know it’s for children…but I would highly go against bringing a child under the age of 7 or if they scare easily. There were some dark imagery that could scare a very young child so I would be mindful if you have a child who easily scares. Other than that again the animations were great, wonderful storyline and cute funny parts to keep you entertained.



KUBO debuts in theaters everywhere this Friday August 19th #KUBOMOVIE

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