Wednesday, December 21, 2016

First Impression: Kubo and the Two Strings

When it comes to stop motion animation, we don't see too much of it on display these days. Most studios go for the full computer animation to bring their worlds to life. But Laika specializes in stop motion and their wonderful work on Coraline remains a favorite of mine. So when Kubo and the Two Strings started getting really great reviews, I knew I had to check it out. Besides it takes place in Japan during the samurai era. That has to be cool, right?

Things I liked:

  • Jaw dropping stop motion animation and action
  • Fun and engaging characters
  • A plot that pulls you in with some interesting themes it explores

Things I didn't like:

  • Some of the voice acting may not work for all viewers
  • May be too scary or intense for young viewers
  • The end title song may annoy some viewers

And Laika knocks it out of the park again. Kubo and the Two Strings is a visual dazzler. The world they created for this film and the way the viewer is pulled into it is really impressive. But the story and characters are what really make this film work. Kubo is a very likable protagonist and his journey is engaging, exciting and fun. The movie touches on some great themes including storytelling and family dynamics. Well worth seeking out. I think a single viewing is enough to enjoy it on the surface level, but this movie begs for a rematch to really see how all the pieces work together to make this top notch effort.


  1. Coraline is an astonishing film. That's reason enough to give this one a chance. Thanks for calling attention to it.

    1. Yeah really worth checking out. My full review will give you a bit more to chew on.