We went to see Kubo and the Two Strings today, because even though it seems to be under-advertised, we knew it was made by Laika (who also made Coraline, and The BoxTrolls) and we love everything they do–so yeah, let’s go see it on the big screen!
We didn’t know what to expect, but when you’re making a stop-motion film, you’d better have a superlative story because you need a structure that is going to hold up all that hand-crafting for a very long time. In other words, we didn’t expect a lack-luster story that would disappear into filmdom’s dustbin in 3 months.
And, yay, no disappointment!
Here is a trailer about making the film, instead of the actual film trailer. I don’t think the trailer does the film any justice; the rich underlying themes aren’t even alluded to. I think this film will not get the credit it deserves simply because people will be too confused by the advertising and think, “Nah, that isn’t something that will interest me.” Which would be a shame, so I’m here to tell you: Go see it!
At the theater were two families with children, and a retired couple, and us. That’s it. So I could tell the retired couple knew what they were in for, but the kids (five and under) were too young to appreciate this one. I wish there would have been a bigger audience, but maybe everybody went opening weekend. I sure hope so.
Here’s the official trailer, just in case you’re curious.
I find that Laika films become richer with each viewing (unlike a lot of films, which offer nothing new on a second viewing), so this one will be added to our private collection when it hits dvd.