Review: Kubo and the Two Strings 3D
Stunning Visuals.Laika Studios top both PARANORMAN and CORALINE with a stop-motion animation so sumptuous you can, if you like, zone out the story and just go with the stunning visuals.
In ancient Japan, Kubo, a young boy (voiced by GAME OF THRONES’ Art Parkinson), sets out on a magical adventure, aided by a blue Monkey (voiced by Charlize Theron), and a very funny Samurai Beetle (voiced by Matthew McConaughey, displaying the talent for comic timing that made his brief appearance in Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET such a pleasure).
The rest of the voice cast is pretty impressive too, featuring Rooney Mara (as sister witches), George Takei (as a local in Kubo’s village), and Ralph Fiennes, (chewing the microphone as the big bad, Moon King).
Having inherited magical powers from his mother, Kubo uses his two-stringed guitar-like shamisen to bring colourful origami paper to life, creating all manner of animated wonders, from a Samurai warrior and a flock of birds, to a fire-breathing chicken, firing eggs from its rear like a canon.
Witty, wise and wonderful to be immersed in, Laika’s latest animation is a stunner, accompanied by a beautiful score. Oh, and stay for the end credits to be rewarded with a cracking cover of The Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeped’ by Regina Spektor, and an all-too brief glimpse of the animators at work, bringing a giant skeleton to life.