Kubo and the two Strings is the fourth feature-length production to come out of Laika studios.
I loved Laika's first feature film Coraline with it's dark and twisted storyline. Boxtrolls and ParaNorman, where equally as impressive firmly placing Laika studios up on the top shelf for animation features.
It goes without saying that Kubo and the Two Strings did not disappoint, in fact, it exceeded all expectations and to say this movie is a masterpiece is no understatement.
The movie was the directorial debut of Travis Knight and is shot in stop-frame animation. As far as awards go, Kubo and the Two Strings was nominated for staggering sixty two awards and won thirty three of them.
The casting for this film is nothing short of genius. Charlize Theron (The Addams Family 2) and Matthew McConaughey steal the show creating some real laugh out loud moments and displaying a true chemistry that really brings the characters to life.
Art Parkinson (from Game of Thrones) provides the voice of Kubo and does a fantastic job.
But the surprise performance comes right at the end when Ralph Fiennes blasts onto the screen as the terrifying Moon King.
Is Kubo and the Two Strings Worth Watching?
It is easy to just focus on the amazing animation in this film but what really weaves the cast and the visual delight together is the tremendous score.
I would say that maybe this movie may not hold the attention of young children and may be more suitable for older kids.
Although there is lots of action in the film the main focus is on the imperfections of life, the challenges of loss and the magic that is love and how that can provide the courage to overcome anything.
It is funny, but incredibly touching too and certainly pulls a tear or two along the way.
In my opinion, Kubo and the Two Strings was easily a candidate for best film of 2016, it was certainly my favorite film that year.
Available on Amazon, this may well have been a film you have overlooked, so if are looking for something new to watch, I strongly recommend you give Kubo and the Two Strings a go.