NOTE: There sadly isn’t a Queued in Fridays post this week. Hopefully, this little review helps make up for it.
Release: August 19, 2016
Story: Kubo and the Two Strings is about a young, one-eyed boy, Kubo (voiced by young actor Art Parkinson), who lives in ancient Japan with his mother (voiced by Charlize Theron). Kubo is a storyteller and shamisen (a string instrument) player. Kubo, who possesses magical powers, must come home everyday before dark or else his evil grandfather (Ralph Fiennes) and creepy, masked aunts (both voiced by Rooney Mara) will find him and take him away. After Kubo accidentally stays out too late in a vain attempt to contact his dead father, his relatives discover his whereabouts. Kubo goes on the run and is forced to find three powerful magical artifacts that will help him defeat his grandfather. Aiding Kubo is a talking monkey and a giant talking beetle named…um…Beetle (Matthew McConaughey). Monkey was formerly Kubo’s small wooden monkey charm and Beetle claims to be a former apprentice to Kubo’s father before he was cursed and transformed into a beetle-man. With fricken scary sisters, giant skeletons and dangerous ocean creatures standing in their way, it won’t be easy for Kubo and his friends to find the artifacts before they are hunted down by Kubo’s terrible grandfather.
Thoughts: Kubo does what I LOVE seeing in any movie geared towards children or families. It treats its audience like intelligent people who can handle important, mature and serious stories, characters and ideas. That being said, I have one question. WHY ISN’T THIS DOING BETTER AT THE BOX OFFICE???!!! Seriously, why?! Kubo is a brilliant movie that every kid should see. Kubo is the type of picture parents should be encouraged to take their children to, because that’s how more movies like it get made. Kubo is what most kids’ films aren’t: smart, sincere, beautiful, imaginative, and filled with so much love and heart.