An adventure film lacking the adventure feel, Kubo serves as a stepping stone for further stop-motion pictures, in its technicality, whilst not really making it great on its own. Fun characters, some humorous scenes, and amazing visuals and actions scenes stand out, all the while being undermined by cookie-cutter plot, that uses to many clichés to grab your heart. But the process of making the film alone are worth it
Reminded me a lot of "The Dark Crystal" for a new agr with its high fantasy adventure and lush, intricate aesthetics. And i deeply appreciated that it pulled the trigger on some heavy situations that other children's films frequently fail to commit to. It out-Pixars a lot of recent Pixar movies.
It's a very rich animation when it comes to the visual aspects, but this is Laika's most underwhelming feature. Somehow it has it all - humor, drama, adventure, nice characters - but it seems a little bit recycled. My favorite thing about this one? Its tune - I just like how Kubo feels undertuned and quiet at a lot of times. Too bad animation studios have the tendency to explode everything when reaching climax.
Every once in a while, there is a weird pubescent flourish, as if the film was embarrassed by the maturity of the myth being told and had to take it down a notch. It's a shame, because outside of those moments, there is much to love: from the classical Eleusinian tale aping the Persephone myth, to the frank and beautiful depiction of loss. Kubo (and I) would argue death and loss are not the same thing at all.
This is Laika's most ambitious film yet. Stunning. The battles, the origami sequences, sound design, everything. I'm honestly so impressed. The story takes some emotional risks that are rare for an animated film, too. I think the ~Asian-inspired~ stuff lacked a little something... sincerity maybe. But I still loved it.
Besides being a movie that portraits japanese culture with almost no japanese involved, I still loved everything about this. The use of spirituality and the way they deal with the death of loved ones made me burst into tears (maybe I'm in a sensitive moment of my life, but isn't it that makes it more magical?).I was waiting for another good animation since I saw Song of the Sea and it looks like I found one.
The film was engaging at first bc it gave me such a magical impression. Unfortunately, the story became so dull as if it's made up as it goes. I also dislike the inconsistency regarding the Japanese characters who didn't represent the culture at all. However, the movie has one of the best visuals (dude, IT'S A STOP-MOTION film) & effortlessly original & very funny. Hence, the four stars.
Laika is a one of a kind studio and their films are all a feast for the eyes. They are always compelling, funny and emotional but never melodramatic or pantomimic. They are always well thought artistic statements about life that touches children and adults alike. Kubo and the Two Strings is not at all a perfect movie and has some head scratching moments, but it might be their strongest effort yet.
Wow, healthiest, most effective humor I've ever seen in a movie, ever, ever. Insane stop motion (although any stop motion maker should be praised just because). Great story, simple but well developed, not pretentious. Very nice characters, the sisters were actually scary good, probably my favorites.
A technically beautiful movie that never manages to overcome its racist overtones and coalesce into something meaningful. Vaguely Japanese in aesthetic, but clearly without any Japanese consultation or input. Slickly animated with CG pre-animated facial printing and so many corrections to the point where it's not clear why it was done as stop-motion since it retains none of the charm of the medium.