I thoroughly enjoy movies that tell stories with twists and turns and a little magic thrown in. Legends, myths, magic, and danger are necessary ingredients for true adventure. Focus Feature’s new film Kubo and the Two Strings is a beautifully animated movie that tells the story of one boy’s unusual adventure and the lessons he learns about family, life, pride, and sacrifice.
Kubo’s life is complicated. A relative tried to kill him as a baby and his mom had to take him far away and keep him hidden. However, Kubo finds a community and just when he begins to embrace it, everything changes.
Parents need to know that even though Kubo and the Two Strings carries a PG rating, it is quite spooky and chilling in parts. This movie was made by the same creative minds behind Coraline, which was also rated PG (and was pretty creepy). Parents also need to know that deaths occur in the movie. Keep this in mind if you have young or sensitive children.
Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril.
Worth seeing in 3D? Yes.
Scene after the credits? No. However, there is some neat artwork during the credits.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Art Parkinson, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro
Directed by: Travis Knight
Written by: Chris Butler
Story by: Shannon Tindler and Marc Haimes
Screenplay by: Chris Butler and Marc Haimes