‘Kubo and the Two Strings’
THE story of a boy who’s no traditional warrior, “Kubo and the Two Strings” begins with baby Kubo and his mother washing up on shore. The journey leaves Kubo’s mother feeble; years later, Kubo (Art Parkinson) is largely caring for her. The story he tells at the market, of an evil Moon King, come from his mother’s murmurings, yet he understands his past only vaguely.
But, by staying out past dark, Kubo accidentally summons spirits from their past, unleashing his spooky twin aunts (both voiced by Rooney Mara) and later the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes), himself. Kubo flees his village, but soon is joined by an unusual pair.
Monkey (Charlize Theron) is his solemn guide, a furry sage who materializes overnight from a small wooden monkey charm. The other is Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), a part insect, part human warrior who pledges to defend Kubo. As Kubo unfolds both his mysterious past and his destiny, they offer guidance along the way.