Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.

Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara) to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.


Review

Coming from the studio that brought us the animated features “Coraline”, “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls”, Laika Entertainment’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” is a hard film to make out, is it for kids or is it for adults? Unfortunately it’s hard to work out which camp it falls into, too slow and scary for kids and too childish for adults.

Director Travis Knight has created a world that’s full of magic and charm and is a visible feast for the eyes, especially if seen in 3D. Unfortunately great visuals don’t always mean great movies, which is sadly the case with “Kubo and the Two Strings”







Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)

1h 42m

Starring: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Mara Rooney, Matthew McConaughey

UK Release: Friday 9th September 2016