Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.
So, I was supposed to watch this like a month or so ago when it initially came out here exclusively at Robinsons Mall's theaters. But the problem was, that since I guess the movie didn't really do that well, it got pulled from the theaters a week or so after coming out leaving me kind of upset and forced to watch and write a review for a different movie instead, since I was already in the theaters.
Hands down, I was really impressed by this movie. And that's saying something since I went in with high expectations after hearing so many good things about several weeks before it even came out here, as it was released two months prior in the US. From beginning to end it's beautiful, really touching, hilarious and really, really fun. It was familiar, yet always surprising. Quite possibly the animated best movie I've seen this year. Kubo and the Two Strings I would say, is a must watch. The story is deeply embedded in Japanese folklore, borrowing many mythical elements from Japan's cultural roots. The visuals are totally mind blowing. Action sequences, set design and cinematography are quite stunning. At its very core, it is an emotional story which surrounds themes regarding family, mortality, and the passage of memory. Specially when you get to think about the whole picture after seeing it and just understand the meaning of it all, like for instance, the message behind the movie's title. It really is some deep stuff.
I really can't recommend this film enough. It's too bad that the movie isn't in the theaters anymore as I really do believe it deserves to make money for the small studio it came out from. I have to say that was one of, if not the, most beautiful animated movies I've ever seen. Again, a definite must-watch. I hope it reaps a lot of Oscars next year.
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