Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings is an animated movie from studio LAIKA about a Japanese boy going on a quest to find his dead samurai father’s magical armor.  George Takei ably voices the grandfather but I found Matthew McConaughey’s Toy Storyish samurai beetle jarring – too American; Charlize Theron’s voicing of the mother was okay but still a little out of place.  The origami creations were the best part of the film.  The ending is a little too neat and tidy – but will be satisfying to those who need happy endings.  The first part of the closing credits – set to a Beatles tune – is well worth watching.

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