Kubo and the Two Strings review

Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of a young boy with one eye who is accompanied by a monkey (specifically a Japanese macaque) and a stag beatle/human hybrid on a quest to find 3 magical items and defeat a powerful foe. The film stars Art Parkinson as our eponymous hero, Charlize Theron as Monkey, Matthew McConaughey as Beattle, Ralph Fiennes as the Moon King and Rooney Mara as Karasu and Washi. Set in medieval Japan, the film is a fantasy action epic, a rarity in animation and a first for Laika Entertainment (know for their kid friendly horror movies Coraline and ParaNorman and their family friendly comedy The Boxtrolls). The movie starts out with Kubo being the talk of the town as he uses his shamisen to bring origami to life and entertain the townsfolk. After losing his mother to Karasu and Washi, daughters of the Moon King, Kubo is found by Monkey who takes him on a quest to find 3 magical items and use them to defeat the Moon King. Along the way, they encounter Beatle, a skilled archer with no recollection of his past and face off against many obstacles that come their way. At the same time, they also try to get along with each other, as at first Monkey doesn’t care much for Beatle and who’s main concern is protecting Kubo. It’s...

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