Kubo and the Two Strings review


Andres Hernandez, reporter

     Kubo and the Two Strings is a Laika Studios movie directed by Travis Knight. The film was released on August 19.

     In Kubo and the Two Strings a young one-eyed boy named Kubo, who cares for his sickly mother in a small, ancient Japanese village. When an old spirit from the past comes to terrorize him he must join up with Monkey and Beetle to find the armor that belonged to his late father, a legendary samurai. Armed with a magical instrument Kubo must go on a quest to defeat the monsters and Gods that haunt him

     Kubo and the Two Strings is a beautiful stop-motion film combined with minor CGI. The stop-motion in the movie is extremely fluid and makes the movie feel alive. Stop-motion has always been a time consuming and difficult process, however this decision by Travis Knight seems to fit the movie well and is a nice design choice. The movie also features an original soundtrack with over 14 different songs that were all featured in the film. Academy award winner Dario Marianelli composed the entire soundtrack. Marianelli was the same person to compose “The Boxtrolls”, another Laika Studios film. The soundtrack was released on August 5th, and the entire soundtrack seems to fit in well with the style of the movie.

           “If you must blink, do it now”. This opening line by the protagonist defines the entire film, filled with color, complex special effects and an exciting plot twist. The film is filled with dark, and heavy scenes and prominent references to death, depression and dementia. Even though Kubo features tragic moments the film is still filled with lighthearted, funny moments that children will enjoy. The entire movie is mainly based off of a Japanese background, featuring renowned folklore.

     Overall, the movie seems to be universally praised, going on to meet a score of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 8.3 out of a score of 10 on IMDb. Both movie critics and casual viewers have rated the movie with high scores. Although Kubo was widely accepted and praised it still seemed to bomb at the box office, generating a measly 12 million dollars during its opening weekend and obtaining a total of 41 million dollars as of September 12. The movie originally cost 60 million dollars to produce and will most likely go on to become a sleeper hit.