Kubo and the Two Strings
Disclaimer: Spoilers. Kind of. I think. They’re not really spoiler spoilers because they don’t give away much. I sort of allude to stuff. You know what this ain’t my struggle; I’ve seen the film already, you should too.
Charlize Theron – Monkey
Matthew McConaughey – Beetle
Ralph Fiennes – Raiden the Moon King
George Takei – Hosato
Rooney Mara – The Sisters
Kubo and Two Strings is about a young boy who goes on an epic adventure full of magic and danger. Kubo is born of a heavenly mother and earthly father. Their union causes great strains on his mother’s side of the family that results in Kubo’s harm. In order to protect him, his mother goes in search of somewhere safe for the two of them to live.
Now he’s older, Kubo’s is under strict instructions to always be home before dark and to keep his monkey charm with him at all times. In doing so, he’ll remain safe from his grandfather, the Moon King, and his two aunts who still seek him. However, one night Kubo fails to return home in time which propels the film’s narrative. This thereby thrusts Kubo on his great quest to find the sword, armour and helmet he needs to battle his grandfather*. To assist him are Monkey, the monkey amulet his mother gave him, and Beetle who was once a mighty warrior.
- The film uses a form of animation that bears a lot of resemblance to origami. It’s very unique in its design and that’s what originally caught my interest. The visuals of the film are so impactful because of the artistry they use in bringing these animated characters to life.
- The hard work and effort that went into creating this film cannot be ignored. Animators always impress me because their work requires so much patience and attention to detail.
- Throughout the course of the film, we learn that Kubo’s mother comes from the heavens. Those that inhabit the heavens are blind to humanity and are vastly superior. I would have loved to learn more about the goings on in the heavens and his mother’s background.
- Paper has the ability to come to life in this film which is very visually exciting. It also adds to the magic and wonder of their world.
Not a loathe, just something that had me like ‘what?’ Monkey and beetle do a lot of flirting which happened very suddenly. On first meeting, Monkey wanted nothing from Beetle then all of a sudden she does a 180 and they’re throwing goo-goo eyes at each other. The whole interspecies thing is a bit hmmm but it happened for a reason so I’ll say no more.
You are my quest
*Essentially, Kubo and the two strings is about listening to your momma. When she tells you not to be out after dark, you best not be out after dark. Simple.