Kubo and the Two Strings! My kids have been looking forward to this movie for days now. We had visited the Victoria & Albert Musuem before hand with the lovely PR company promoting the new movie.. and shown about different key Japanese items – the Samurai, Theatre Masks, Charms, which gave us an amazing context to this beautifully designed and well thought out story.
Synopsis – Kubo is a story of a young boy who is sent on a quest to find an unbreakable sword, a golden Armour and samurai helmet. He needs them in order to protect himself from his evil grandfather and evil aunts, who want to bring him back to the “evil family fold”. Along his journeys, he is helped by Monkey and Beetle. Kubo finds out more about his family heritage and were he has come from. He is an unusual hero – blinded in one eye (by his grandfather as a baby), a story teller and musician, he is kind spirited and yet brave.
What we thought of it –
Firstly, the animation is stunning and beautiful. And the film is worth seeing just for the animation itself – whether it is thunderous sea or monkey’s fur, or the flurry of Kubo’s orgami characters. It is simply delightful to watch!
As to the story line. My kids are 6yrs and 8yrs old. I have to say, though we LOVED the film, it IS quite scary at times too. My kids are seasoned movie watchers and just about found it ok to watch. So if you child is sensitive, I would consider watching it at home on a DVD. This does however mean, that the film will have broad appeal to older kids and of course adults too.
Also – the ending is touching and quite emotional. Bitter sweet. A usual move away from the classic “Happy Endings”. So again. Pack those hankies.
Overall – totally loved it and we would watch this again!!!!
With some spooky but beautiful characters.
A story of love and bravery.