Fangirls, Kubo came out this weekend. I’ve been wanting to see this movie since I saw the rad trailer where scary twins hauntingly call his name. Plus having Laika be the creative force behind it made me too excited. I’m going to stay as far away from spoilers in this, but I will be mentioning a couple plot points, so if you’re really pumped about it but haven’t seen it yet, maybe don’t click that read more button.
Kubo and the Two Strings is about Kubo, a young boy with one eye. He has immense powers; he can play a small guitar (that actually has 3 strings instead of two) and make paper fold itself into intricate origami for telling stories.
Kubo only has one eye because his grandfather, the Moon King, believes that having eyes will make it impossible to join him in the heavens, so he stole one of Kubo’s eyes, and has been hunting him for the second. Because of his grandfather’s unending hunt, Kubo can not be outside after dark.
The Moon King has three daughters, two are my favorite creepy ladies, and the third is Kubo’s mother. Moon King killed Kubo’s father because he and Kubo’s mother fell in love, making her unfit for the heavens. One night, Kubo tries to contact his father via lantern, as everyone else in their small village does, and is disappointed that he receives no reply. Sooner than expected, it falls dark, and the creepy sisters are there.
They explain that they want his other eye so he can join them, but Kubo runs. His mother uses her final ounce of magic to get him out of there, and he passes out. When he comes to, he is in the snow and a monkey is waking him up to bring him to shelter. Monkey tells him that his mother sacrificed her magic to get him safely away, and brought Monkey to life to help him. They then must begin a quest to find three magical piece of armor; things that will aide Kubo in defeating his grandfather.
The movie follows their beautiful quest against terrifying creatures. It has some wonderful (but easy to spot as an adult) twists. It was a bit darker than any of the other Laika films I’ve seen (which surprised me because they all get pretty dark). It is a bit spooky, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. Plus, it includes the largest stop-motion figure ever, which blows my mind.
I can not recommend highly enough that you get your butt to a theatre and watch Kubo. I think it is one worth spending the money to see in a theatre, because it deserves to be seen on a massive screen.
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