by Paislee House, Film Critic
Netflix has so many titles the task of finding something to watch can often be daunting and seemingly impossible. Fret no more, dear reader, here begins a new series where I will watch a handful of new additions each month and rate them on a scale of must-see, put it in your queue, and avoid. In order to keep things realistic, I will only be watching newer releases (things that are less than three years old).
This month’s pick is Laika Studio’s “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
“Kubo and the Two Strings” is the latest film by Laika Studios and the directorial debut of Travis Knight. The film stars a handful of big names including Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey, and Charlize Theron. The film takes place in feudal Japan and follows the character Kubo as he searches for his father.
So many elements of “Kubo” are entertaining; the film’s animation is jaw-dropping, the voice-acting is superb, and the story is heartfelt while maintaining elements of fun. Though the film has a PG rating, it’s hard to say if this is explicitly a children’s film. There are complex relationships and story details that would be hard for children to understand. However, the colors and light-hearted components will appeal to all ages and keep everyone engaged.
“Kubo and the Two Strings” is a thrilling, stop-motion adventure, a movie that will capture your heart and astonish your eyes. “Kubo” is a great movie for the whole family and one of the best movies of 2016, let alone on Netflix right now.