Kubo and the two strings is a stop motion animation with a very good story. Apart from Captain America Civil War, this is my favourite film of 2016. It’s a story about loss and how we can deal with it, which if I might say is a pretty dark theme for an animation.
This movie flows so fluently it’s hard to believe that this is stop motion. The character close ups are a constant reminder that this is stop motion but in a good way. It feels like a lot of love has went into this project and it’s gushing out so much that I can feel it.
I loved everything about this movie, I just wished I had went to the cinema to see it instead of on a plane. It’s just so atmospheric and there are scenes that are super scary such as when the two aunts first appear. It was in the trailer but it sends shivers down my spine all the time and that’s testament to how well that scene is played out.
There are quite a few twists in this story and I have to admit that I saw one coming a mile away and one that I didn’t anticipate at all. I had a very strong suspicion that the monkey was in fact his mother from the soup scene. It felt like a parent-y thing to do if you didn’t want the child to know you’re the parent. But the beetle?! I thought it was a little weird but I couldn’t quite connect that he was the father. I think the grandfather just wanted Kubo to turn a blind eye on everything and just see only the good things. I think I need to see it a fourth time.
I was pleasantly surprised by the action in this movie. The origami scenes were spectacular and a breathe of fresh air in how to do story telling. The fight scenes were very competent. I enjoyed them a lot and loved the diverse weaponary at use. It wasn’t just sword versus sword, there were a chain and sickle versus sword fight.
The music is probably my favourite component of Kubo and the two strings. The ending credits song is just so good, it’s Regina Spektor’s cover of a Beatles song – While my guitar gently weeps. Here’s a youtube video of the song:
I would recommend Kubo and the two strings to anyone, but maybe not to very young children because they may find scenes scary.