5 reasons why you need to see Kubo and the Two Strings
Rather than a standard film review, so stunned by Kubo and the Two Strings, here are 5 reasons why you need to watch it.
1 The storytelling
Much of Kubo and the Two Strings is about storytelling. Kubo is a storyteller, he visits his local village daily and tells stories. Not your average three little pigs stories but epic stories brought to life by his music and his magic.
When Kubo plays his guitar he can magically control paper. Creating moving origami figures to help him to tell his tales. Kubo is a master story teller, but not a master story ender. Storytelling and ending stories becomes a wonderful key focus of Kubo and the Two Strings.
2 The characters
Kubo, Monkey, Beetle, the Twins and many more form a key group of really interesting characters. Some you’ll love, some you will distrust, some you will fear but all of them are fascinating to watch and listen to.
3 The animation
Much like Box Trolls, Coraline and Frankenweenie Kubo and the Two Strings looks absolutely stunning. Stop motion animation films require a lot more care and attention to plan and create than any other movie style and it shows.
The characters and settings are incredible to behold. Make sure you watch a little of the end credits too as it gives you a quick look at how the movie was made and just how big the models used are.
4 To be creeped out by a kid’s film
Kubo and the Two Strings looks at first glance very much a kid’s film. But much like Coraline before it (sew buttons in place of your eyes little girl!?!) definite care should be taken before showing it to your children. I have really, really enjoyed all of Laika’s films but I haven’t watched any of them with my children yet. They simply aren’t ready. There are plenty of seriously creepy parts in Kubo and the Two Strings. I’ve just got to wait a few years before sharing it with my girls.
5 The complete package
Simply put Kubo is everything I could have hoped for. I’ve been waiting to see it for what feels like an absolute age. Despite my high levels of expectation before watching it I was left gutted when it finished. I could have instantly watched it again.
Kubo is an absolutely incredible film. It looks stunning, sounds beautiful and tells a story that will stick with me forever.