My daughter and I saw Kubo and the Two Strings last week. It was incredible.
A bold declaration I know, but this movie is gorgeous. Its visually beautiful, layered with an intricate homage to ancient Japan. It features an epic story. There’s a little boy called Kubo. There’s a monkey and a bug. There is animated origami that made us laugh then blew our minds. Postmodern! Animation within animation. I like it.
There is much to cheer the jaded mother sick of swatting away the sea of pink and princesses that society surrounds her daughters with. No princesses. Pink, but only as one of a rainbow of beautiful colour options. Strength in all – male and female.
Also, Kubo takes care of his mother. The characters have deep compassion. Death is not ignored and characters honour their departed ancestors as part of everyday life. Forgiveness is considered as an option against revenge. These and other refreshing themes are woven throughout the story.
Its so good. Prepare to well up at an animation …
Its not for the under 8s though. Its rated PGR for a reason. This is a quest movie and there are epic battles to be had, freaky supernatural bad characters out to get the good ones (Laika also made Coraline), people dying, and edge of your seat suspense. The opening scene is beautiful but very full on and will scare younger children.
Hear it straight from an 8 year old’s mouth:
This is one of the best movies of 2016. Deserves an armload of awards. I will applaud from afar when it does.
And this clip gives some insight into the depth of talent who poured their hearts into this US$60 million movie. Including Kiwi animator Antony Elworthy. Yay!