A rewarding visual adventure… Kubo and the Two Strings

A very enjoyable animated film

This last weekend I saw Kubo and the Two Strings with my wife.  I am still thinking about the film… the story, the resolution leaves you with some deep thoughts (or at least it did me) and I believe that’s a good thing.  And the masterful animation is something to be seen, and appreciated.  Without giving any spoiler (plot), my favorite moments of the film are when the main character – a young boy named Kubo – uses magic to bring origami to life to talk story.  The origami warrior named Hanzo that corresponds to Kubo’s stories is mesmerizing.  57a4d4a8d0f82cd81c5ae665_hanzo_origami.photo.swong.0011

Although the film is definitely animated, that does not mean for young children. There were young kids in the theater where we saw the movie but I do not recommend it.  There are several intense scenes with great peril – but not bloodshed or graphic, gratuitous violence.

Produced by the Portland, Oregon (USA) studio Laika Entertainment,  you may recognize some similar techniques we saw in their earlier films (Paranorman, Coraline, and The Boxtrolls) but I would agree with many film critics that this is their best work yet.  See if on the big screen – I saw it in 3D which was nice, but can’t say that I would have been disappointed to not see it in 3D.  More info about the film at their website here: https://www.kubothemovie.com .