Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
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Marvelously animated. Can't wait to see the behind the scenes.
That being said, at a certain point, the progress of the story is nothing surprising. Lots of very good elements, scary moments, good humour, original magic tricks, everything is beautiful, but still... you know where the story is going after the first part. The elements of surprise are not... surprising. It made me think of Song of the sea. Very beautiful tale, worth watching multiple times, but the plot could have been a bit better... Anyways, i give it a 7.5/10, and it's definitely worth an oscar nomination. (edit: I feel so picky)
i would have loved this so much when i was a child.
this isn't a criticism. take your child to see it. i still liked it as an adult
Kubo and the Two Strings is without a doubt Laika stop motion studios best film to date, though I expect Box Trolls will still have more fans. Taking its inspiration from Chinese and Japanese fantasy films, Kubo tells the heartbreaking tale of a young boy whose mother, a banished moon spirit, secrets away before her evil family can get their claws into him. He's inherited some of her powers, including animating origami and destructing spell-music. The film is lush and beautiful and more than a little mysterious as to how Kubo's journey should be interpreted. It is at once real and a fantastical dream, a boy's imagination made manifest, bringing his lost parents into a fairy tale that is really about connecting to one's roots. But none of that is particularly spelled out. It weaves a strange spell that only has its effect later, perhaps, because I had the same slightly mystified reaction some of my fellow movie goers did (talk of perhaps being too tired to properly see the film, or feeling the need to see it again). Melancholy in a way most animated films aren't, and that makes it special.
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