Kubo and the Two Strings reviews are pouring in after it was released earlier this week. Initial feedback about the film have been mostly positive, but some have pointed out areas which need improvements.
The animated movie is the fourth feature film of stop-motion animation studio LAIKA. Its creators are also the same award-winning geniuses behind Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.
Set in ancient Japan, the feature blends colorful folklore with intricate origami-informed visuals. It narrates the story of a boy named Kubo, who unwittingly unleashes a nasty spirit intent on destruction. This character is voiced by Art Parkinson of the Game of Thrones.
Kubo and the Two Strings? cast includes a smart monkey voiced by actress Charlize Theron. The young lead character is also friends with a joke-cracking giant samurai beetle, voiced by Matthew McConaughey.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, LAIKA president and CEO Travis Knight intends to pay homage to Japanese filmmakers Akira Kurosawa to Hayao Miyazaki with Kubo and the Two Strings.
A Kubo and the Two Strings review from New York Times gushed about its ?gorgeously fluid, idiosyncratic 3-D visuals.? The seamless stop-motion animation and computer-generated backgrounds were described as the most visually stunning compared to LAIKA?s previous offerings.
The publication also said that the story unfolded in unexpected and moving ways. The director was praised for being able to put together a picture that catered to viewers of all ages without having to settle for clich?d resolutions. As a result, the movie was able to deliver a ?sincere, family-friendly message.?
However, not everyone was impressed with Kubo and the Two Strings.
A review from The Guardian claimed that it did not have much to offer compared to the ?tactile, handmade and homespun approach? of previous LAIKA projects. Instead, its animation technique was described as that of a ?typical 3D computer-animated film.?
The review also warned that young kids will likely get bored with the movie due to its lack of action. The closest that it got to an action sequence was a scenario involving a giant skeleton with swords on its skull. However, even that portion was supposedly done with no enthusiasm. With the film hardly passing as a fun, action-adventure cartoon, it is unlikely for it to resonate among young children.
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