“Kubo and the Two Strings”- Review:

Kubo must go on a journey to piece together his late father’s armor, in order to defeat a bitter enemy from his past.

Kubo and the Two Strings is a classic in the animated genre. When you see this movie you’ll have the upmost confidence in saying that as well. This story is just magical, mystical, and deeply emotional. For the most part Kubo is a slow burn. In order for that type of film to work you have to be invested in these characters. Goes without saying, but that is definitely the case. There’s laughs, tears, and action between Kubo, Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), and Monkey (Charlize Theron). You could have sat in the theater for ten hours watching these three and you wouldn’t be bored.

The voice work is incredible. McConaughey and Theron crush the roles of Beetle and Monkey respectively. Through their voices you feel that roller coaster of emotions. Comedic lines are delivered right on time as well. When you feel like things are getting a tad too dark, there’s some comedy sprinkled in.

The visuals are breathtaking. I can’t help but feel apart of this world while watching. Laika has always done a stellar job with stop motion animation. From Coraline to Boxtrolls, Kubo is right up there with them from a visual aspect. It felt like a place you could actually go.

All of the action scenes were filled with suspense, and fun character moments. In the scenes, Monkey, Beetle, and Kubo all have moments to shine. While fighting to put the armor, these three feel like a cohesive unit.

Kubo and the Two Strings is the best animated film this year by a mile, no doubt in my mind. The character development is gradual, everyone is flushed out brilliantly. Laila brought us a beautifully told story about family, loss, love, and pride.

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