Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)


Adventure | Animation | Fantasy


Travis Knight



Voice Cast

Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Meyrick Murphy, Minae Noji, Alpha Takahashi, Laura Miro, Ken Takemoto


In order to defeat a vengeful spirit (Ralph Fiennes) from the past, Kubo (Art Parkinson) mush locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.


Over the past few months, I've become a pretty big fan of Laika Studios work, so I caught the chance to watch this as soon as I could. And those people did it again. In fact, "Kubo and the Two Strings" is an absolutely beautiful stop-motion film for kids and adults alike.

Just like in their previous films, once again Laike went for a different route, and instead of going with a complex story filled with dramas, they choose another simple yet quite profound story whose biggest strength is the storytelling. Actually I could say it is a brilliant tribute to storytelling.

Through the art of storytelling, the film explores a darker kind of themes - from death to remorse, what's the value of memories and how we can never forget people that are gone - is such a unique, breathtaking and quite sensitive way.

Another thing I absolutely loved about the film is the characters. They are not the typical animation flick likable character. Well, they are still likable and you can't help but root for the young Kubo, but they also are very charming and the characterization is so on point. Also, each character has their own backstory. And they fit it all in 100 minutes. Unbelievable, right?

The great writing is supported by great performances from all the cast. Game of Thrones Art Parkinson is impressive and so aborabe as Kubo; Charlize Theron really gives her best as a stern Monkey and Kubo's mother; Ralph Fiennes is simply terrifying as the villain Moon King; and Rooney Mara does a great job as the Sinister Twins.

Then of course there's the animation. A blend of stop-motion animation and CGI, once again it is stunningly breathtaking, each character and their movements look great, and it all looks very realistic.


  1. Mi dispiace non esser riuscito ancora a vederlo. Purtroppo da me lo danno ad orari improponibili :(

    1. Io ho fatto un po' di fatica a trovare una proiezione ma ci sono riuscita, per fortuna.