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original title: Kubo and the Two Strings
duration: 1h 41min
tags: Be bold. Be brave. Be epic
keywords: stopmotion, samurai, mothersonrelationship, magic, storytelling, animatedorigami, japan, storm, origami, moon, forgiveness, 3dimensional, village, armor, strongfemalecharacter, 3d, grandfathergrandson
However, I do feel the urge to address some limitations of this film. The motif is rather antiquated: a boy on a quest acquiring legendary items, each of which demand challenges. Yet, it's preposterous to discredit the effectiveness of such a story line. Furthermore, I find some humorous remarks inappropriate: they slightly disrupt the flow of the film. Adding to that, the co- existence of the origami as an incarnation of the father and the cockroach as his accursed physical body is subject to inconsistency. I saw "Kubo and the Two Strings", starring the voices of Art Parkinson- Game of Thrones_tv, San Andreas; Charlize Theron-Madmax:Fury Road, The Legend of Bagger Vance; Matthew McConaughey-Free State of Jones, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Ralph Fiennes-Spectre, Red Dragon.
This is a stop-motion/animated film by the Laika studios, who also did Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. This one is not for the little kids-some parts are slow and loses their attention and others are a little frightening, judging by some of the kids in my audience-but older kids and adventurous adults might like it-I know I did. The story takes place in Japan and concerns Art/Kubo, a one-eyed boy living with his mother, just outside of a village-there is a reason for the missing eye. During the day, Art goes to the village and plays his lute-a 3 stringed instrument-while telling stories of a samurai and evil forces battling it out. His lute is magical because when he is getting his Hendrix going, he has sheets of paper forming into origami and flying in the air, enhancing his story. He has to return before dark to take care of his mother so sometimes, he will leave in mid story, disappointing the villagers. Oh yeah, his mother also told him that if he did not return before dark, evil spirits would come out and get him and of course, he misses curfew one night and things do go haywire. Art is told that he must go on a quest to find 3 magical pieces of armor that will help him fight the spirits and their boss, Ralph/The Moon King. Charlize/Monkey and Matthew/Beetle are his traveling companions on his journey. FYI: This is Matthew's first venture into voice work on an animated movie. As the end credits start, there is a nice cover version of 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. It's rated "PG" for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril and has a running time of 1 hour & 41 minutes. It's not for everyone but if you like Japanese culture, samurais, martial arts and reincarnation you might like this one. I would buy it on DVD. Steeped in the mythology and fables of Japanese history, it