September 3, 2016

Kubo & The Two Strings

Beautiful and sad. Some exciting and funny parts but mostly melancholy. Charlize Theron is terrific as the monkey and Matthew McConaguhey is charming and hilarious as the samurai warrior-turned-confused beetle. This film's serious tone and thoughtful Asian themes makes Kung Fu Panda look like an Asian minstrel show. Deep thematic similarities to Harry Potter and Star Wars. Recommended for older kids (9 and up) for pervasive sadness and scary relatives.