Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Kubo and the Two Strings was Foxy Husbands pick, but I wasn’t putting up a fight. When we both saw the trailer for it, we looked at each other and I knew that we were going to see it. Something so beautiful about the paper animation depicted in the film and the music was amazing!

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This movie was written by a team: Marc Haimes, Chris Butler, and Shannon Tindle. It was directed by Travis Knight, who has worked on Coraline, ParaNorman, and the Boxtrolls.

Kubo and the Two Strings is voiced by a phenomenal cast; Kubo (Art Parkinson), Monkey (Charlize Theron), Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Moon King (Ralph Fiennes), the Sisters (Rooney Mara).

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The story takes place in ancient Japan. Kubo has this strange magic that allows him to manipulate origami while storytelling and playing his shamisen. When his village is attacked, he goes on a quest to find his long lost father’s armor in order to battle the Moon King, who has already stolen his left eye. He is relentlessly pursued by the Moon King’s daughters, the Sisters, but has Monkey and Beetle to help guide him.

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This movie was charming and had many beautiful visual thrills. Though the film had a bit of a sad undertone, the Eastern storytelling, both the main story and the story within the story, had great morals of humanity and forgiveness. Family secrets become exposed in such a magical way that you forget your watching stop animation.

I give this movie a 9/10 while Rotten Tomatoes rates it 8.4/10.

What did you think? Love it/hate it?

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