Kubo and the Two Strings is stop-motion animation at its best. Visually, it’s amazing, and in places, stunning. Kubo is a young Japanese boy with unique powers. He and his mother are hiding from her evil sisters and father who live in the spirit world. Grandpa stole one of Kubo’s eyes and wants the other.
To stop them, Kubo and companions Monkey and Beetle must find Kubo’s father’s armor. Their quest takes them from snowy mountains to deep, dark caves to stormy seas.
Kubo and the Two Strings is directed by Travis Knight (Nike founder Phil’s son). It’s voiced by Charize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes and Rooney Mara. Art Parkinson (Game of Thrones) gives voice to Kubo.
In places, the animation is mind-blowing. Knight and his animators do shots of scenery like mountains, water and trees that are so real looking you almost think they are real.
The story isn’t bad either.
Caution. The PG is there for a reason. This is kind of dark and violent in places and may be a bit much for less mature children.
Kubo and the Two Strings
Director: Travis Knight
Stars: Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Brenda Vaccaro
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated PG for mature themes. It’s playing at Regal’s Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and Queensgate 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.