Kubo and the Two Strings

2016

Action / Adventure / Animation / Family / Fantasy

589
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97% · 228 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86% · 25K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.7/10 10 138429 138.4K

Director

Top cast

Charlize Theron as Monkey
Ralph Fiennes as Moon King
Rooney Mara as The Sisters
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1.55 GB
1920*800
English 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
Seeds 9
752.11 MB
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English 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
Seeds 81
1.55 GB
1920*1080
English 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
Seeds 100+
4.59 GB
3840*1606
English 5.1
PG
24 fps
1 hr 41 min
Seeds 27

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ramascreen 9 / 10

LAIKA has done it again!

Those talented folks at LAIKA have done it again. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is not just one of the best animated films of the year, it's one of the best films of the year, period. Not since Pixar's "Up," have death and loss been handled do firmly and delicately. "Kubo" is fun, moving, hopeful, and profound. A terrific story of bravery and acceptance.

Written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler and directed by LAIKA's own president, Travis Knight, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is set in a fantastical Japan where a one-eyed kid who masters the art of origami and storytelling, Kubo, (voiced by Art Parkinson of "Game Of Thrones") would go out to work to earn money during the day by entertaining audiences in the middle of a market but he comes home right before sundown to tend to his sick mother, it has to be before sundown because at night, his mother's sisters, two evil twins (voice day Oscar nominee Rooney Mara) would try to get Kubo's other eye. The past catches up to them, an old vendetta resurfaces, Kubo must run and join forces with Monkey (voiced by Oscar winner Charlize Theron) and a beetle (voiced by Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey) on a quest to retrieve the helmet, the sword unbreakable and the armor that would prepare Kubo to fight the vengeful Moon King (voiced by Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes). This quest would unlock Kubo's family mystery and lead him to fulfill his destiny.

I've always appreciated animation, but with stop-motion, it's extra level of appreciation, knowing the extra hard work they put into even just to get a few seconds of shots. It's a level of dedication and discipline that never ceases to blow my mind, that's why I'm a huge fan of LAIKA. Especially with this latest film of theirs, the scale is much bigger, there's a sequence involving a large skeleton giant, your brain starts to wonder as you see that scene just how many hours, how many weeks, how many months did it take for them to make that happen.

This film has action, it has love drama, it has family drama, it has a great sense of humor and it's also about community coming together to help one another. It has its own way of featuring and respecting Japanese art and tradition, but even if you're not too familiar with that particular culture, KUBO resonates much deeper than just the aesthetics. It's a film that's perfect for the whole family. And on top of that, it delicately teaches our young ones about how to grieve in a healthy manner. There's also a twist to the story which I won't spoil for you here. This film is just so beautiful and pristine. Charlize Theron has that commanding voice you would follow to the ends of the earth. And Matthew McConaughey voices Beetle as playful and as proud as Tim Allen did Buzz Lightyear. So it's a combination of outstanding stop motion animation, excellent voice talents, a well-told story and strong characters that make KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS one of my favorite this year.

-- Rama's Screen --

Reviewed by jackgdemoss 8 / 10

Aesthetically beautiful

Kubo was the first fully Claymation film I have scene, and it was fantastic to see. I am a huge fan of the art style and want so much more of it. The story was charming, and even exceptionally enthralling for the first half of the film, but slows to a halt during Act III, crippling its momentum. The art style alone makes this movie worth watching, and I will see anything that took this much work and artistic talent on the big screen in coming years.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 8 / 10

wonderful

Kubo is an one-eyed boy in feudal Japan who tells stories in his village. He returns to his mother every night who warns him never to stay out after dark. An old villager tells him about a lantern festival where they communicate with the dead at night. Kubo stays to talk to his father but he's attacked by two spirits. His mother uses the last of her magic to save him. She sends him on a quest to find his father's armor and gives him monkey as his guardian. They are joined by Beetle who is an amnesic samurai in the form of a beetle.

Laika continues to do its own special style of stop-motion animation. Their blend of physical and computer animation is getting better and becoming a trademark look of its own. It is simply wonderful and it enhances the magical theme of the movie. I love the mystery of the story, the visual, the magic, and the design of the characters. The only problem I have is Monkey's voice. I understand the use of Charlize Theron but her voice sounds wrong for a monkey. The connection with his mother would work perfectly fine without using the same voice. It's a minor annoyance which doesn't take away from the wonder of it all.

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