Kubo and the Two Strings - 1.5 Stars
While an original concept, this dark animated children’s movie seemed more of a parable then something to enjoy.
Clever, kindhearted Kubo seeks out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town, nut his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.
This almost felt like a movie you’d be shown at school, you could never quite enjoy it - as its always pushing a “message” at you. The film struggled to find its rhythm early on and by the time it established its pace the film was nearly over. Despite talented actors like Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and Charlize Theron the characters felt emotionless and unintelligent. It was interesting to hear McConaughey do an accent other than his own though.
The animation wasn’t even that great and the 3D added no-effect. The script was a interesting concept, but it could’ve been explored in a more mature way and less of a parable. Certainly one that teachers will want to make note of.
Overall it can be avoided.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Universal Entertainment