Kubo and the Two Strings (Quick Review)

I saw Kubo and the Two Strings on a whim and man, am I glad I did.  I will sing its praises thusly:

Visuals/Directing – 10 out of 10
Man, there is a ton of stuff in this movie I’ve never seen before… or at least not presented like this.  The style is great, the color palate is wonderful, the action set pieces are fantastically imagined – this movie knows what’s up.

Story – 8 out of 10
There are predictable beats, but for the most part, Kubo offers something new and interesting and even defies some convention.  I don’t want to ruin it for you – it’s worth seeing for yourself!  This movie has a big heart and will probably touch adults more than children.

Acting/Characters – 8 out of 10
I would say that while the movie does well with story, the characters can be a bit by the numbers and their arcs mostly predictable.  I don’t know why they bothered mentioning George Takei is in this movie in the promotional material – he has maybe three lines.  Nevertheless, the voice acting is well performed and directed.

Overall, that puts me at an 8.6, and that feels a little low.  I think this movie will work well for everybody, but the real little kids might be a bit freaked out in a few spots.


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