Film Review: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) is an American 3D stop motion fantasy action adventure film, directed by Travis Knight. when released the hit a gross of $74 million against a budget of $60 million. The film also won the BAFTA for the Best Animated Feature Film and Best Visual Effects.

The film revolves around Kubo, who wields a magical shamisen, a tradtional Japanese musical instrument which has 3 strings. Kubo's eye was also stolen when he was a baby. Accompanied by his anthropomorphic snow monkey and beetle, he bust defet his mothers corrupted sisters and his power hungry grandfather, Raiden (also known as the moon king)

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What’s interesting about animation studio Laika (the studio who made this film, however, is that they dont stick to the stop motion film making traditions.
In such films like Paranorman, Box Trolls and Coraline it’s used cutting-edge technology like 3D printing and CGI to bring its stories to life. In Kubo And The Two Strings, an effervescent action fantasy which reads like an unexpectedly eccentric fusion of Alice In Wonderland and Japanese chanbara movie.

The films contrast in the peaceful and fighting scenes are amazing to see. From light warm colour to show friendship, family, love and happyness. To dark shades of blues, greys and black to really add terror into the scene.

You can really see that the film makers went into detail with making evey inch of this film.
and it is clear to say that Kubo and The Two Strings was a success in the animation and film world attracting audiences from all generations due to its amazing appearance and touching storyline.


Illistration List

Figure 1. http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/kubo-and-the-two-strings/43342/kubo-and-the-two-strings-review

Figure 2. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/how-kubo-two-strings-merged-stop-motion-animation-3d-printing-a-400-pound-puppet-955406

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