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Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings ticketstubKubo is another stunningly animated film by Laika, the studio known for movies such as The Boxtrolls, Coraline, and ParaNorman. Kubo is a young boy with a mysterious family history who goes on a perilous quest accompanied by a monkey, a beetle samurai, and a small origami samurai. The writing is well done and should be easily understood by young children and won't be boring for the adults. It's not jokey and multi-leveled like a Pixar movie might be, just, a quality, well written script. The voice acting is quite good, though, the combination of a deadpan Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey being Matthew McConaughey seemed a little awkward to me, it worked well. The music had Japanese qualities, but felt clearly arranged to appeal to a western audience. Most impressive, as you might expect, would be the animation that featured complex scenes on water and amazing set pieces of all types. I've heard people comment that the animation is so good they forgot it was animated and I completely agree. I'm not sure that's a good thing, if you can't tell they're using stop motion animation, why not just make it full-on CG? I guess because they're animation style is pretty awesome and we should appreciate that. So basically, if you have kids, they'll probably love it. If you like fantastical adventures, you'll probably enjoy it. If you have a heart, you'll definitely enjoy it. Enjoy!

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