KUbo anD tHe tWo strings

Ja­panese Boy

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 9 sePtem­ber Pg | tbC Di­rec­tor travis Knight Cast art Parkin­son, Char­l­ize theron, matthew mcConaughey, ralph Fi­ennes

With Kubo And The Two Strings, stop­mo­tion an­i­ma­tion house Laika – the guys who brought us Co­ra­line, ParaNor­man and The Box­trolls – have yet again proved that they’re a force to be reck­oned with. It’s not hy­per­bole to say that this adorable ad­ven­ture show­cases some of the most beau­ti­ful model-mak­ing and stop­mo­tion de­sign ever com­mit­ted to screen, with the kind of cine­matog­ra­phy old-guard cam­era­men like Jack Cardiff would drool over. In fact, the mod­els and an­i­ma­tion here are so bloody good they make Pixar’s CGI ad­ven­tures look ster­ile in com­par­i­son. As if all that wasn’t enough, Kubo also has a fan­tas­tic cast of char­ac­ters, a script that never lags and a glo­ri­ous score. Okay, we’ll go out on a limb and say it: this could well be the most per­fect kids’ movie ever made.

Set in Ja­pan, it’s the story of lit­tle Kubo (voiced by Art Parkin­son) and his quest to find the mag­i­cal ar­mour owned by his late fa­ther, a Samu­rai knight who an­gered the Moon King (Ralph Fi­ennes), thus send­ing his fam­ily into ex­ile. Helped on his jour­ney by a mon­key (Char­l­ize Theron), a be­witched Samu­rai bee­tle (Matthew McConaughey) and lots of lit­tle origami crea­tures that don’t say a word but have more per­son­al­ity than some liv­ing peo­ple you ac­tu­ally know, Kubo bat­tles ev­ery­thing from un­der­sea eye­mon­sters to gi­ant, skele­tal apes.

As a chil­dren’s romp it’s funny, colour­ful and has a lovely mes­sage (love is all you need). As a film for adults, it’s grat­i­fy­ingly rich, tex­tured and psy­cho­log­i­cal; there’s a chance some mo­ments might make your chin wob­ble. Don’t miss it. Jayne Nel­son

Stick around dur­ing the end cred­its for a be­hind-the-scenes se­quence show­ing the hours it took to film the skele­ton-ape.

“If only I could see through this hair.”

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