Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-22-2016, 10:54 AM
Northern Piper Northern Piper is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Je suis Ikea.
Posts: 25,074
Kubo and the Two Strings - Great!

took the Cub to Kubo and the Two Strings this weekend. Really good, although a bit on the scary side; wouldn't recommend it for much under 8.

At first, I thought it was going to be a bit of a ho-hum standard variant on the quest movie: "young boy of mysterious family origins" -> "with unusual powers that he gradually discovers" -> "aided by two quirky companions" -> "has to retrieve the three pieces of mystical amor and weapons" -> "to defeat the evil lord" -> "final climactic battle, as per all Hollywood quest movies"

Except the final climactic battle doesn't turn out the way the quest movies always do.

Well worth seeing.

Last edited by Northern Piper; 08-22-2016 at 10:57 AM.
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 08-22-2016, 11:03 AM
WordMan WordMan is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 21,058
I've been keeping an eye on it. Is it a well-done kid's movie, or a movie for all ages, like a good Pixar movie or Miyazaki or Iron Giant?
  #3  
Old 08-22-2016, 11:55 AM
Ambrosio Spinola Ambrosio Spinola is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 536
Quote:
Originally Posted by WordMan View Post
I've been keeping an eye on it. Is it a well-done kid's movie, or a movie for all ages, like a good Pixar movie or Miyazaki or Iron Giant?
I wouldn't take very young children to see it - there a couple of violent battles, some creepy imagery, and they openly discuss death and killing. My 7 year old had to shut her eyes a few times and this wasn't atypical in the theater we were in. On the whole we all enjoyed it a great deal, though.
  #4  
Old 08-22-2016, 12:29 PM
UncaStuart UncaStuart is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Oregon
Posts: 779
Quote:
Originally Posted by wordman View Post
i've been keeping an eye on it.
iswydt
  #5  
Old 08-24-2016, 11:16 AM
ISiddiqui ISiddiqui is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Decatur, Georgia, USA
Posts: 5,965
Absolutely incredible! I just saw it last night and the only way I can really describe it is that it was a truly a work of art. Gorgeous stop motion animation (Laika outdid themselves this time) and a wonderful story with some really good twists (some I saw, some I didn't).

It's definitely a movie for all ages (and older kids at that - the younger ones may have nightmares). I've seen Zootopia and Finding Dory this year, but both are way behind Kubo to me.
  #6  
Old 08-25-2016, 04:36 PM
dada2fish dada2fish is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 670
Just got home from seeing this movie with my 6 year old son. He was attentive during the whole movie and followed along the story fairly well. He asked me a few questions during confusing parts.

There were two things that were scary to him, but in a "wow! That's cool!" way.

We are big fans of Laika films. We watch ParaNorman and Coraline over and over again during Halloween season.

We saw The Boxtrolls at the theater when it first came out and it enjoyed it too.
  #7  
Old 09-14-2016, 06:37 AM
Loach Loach is offline
The Central Scrutinizer
Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Pork Roll/Taylor Ham
Posts: 22,852
I was wondering where the thread was for this and had to search. I saw it with my teenage daughters over the weekend. My younger one has ASD and does not like loud noises but she wanted to see this. The battles did get to her but she loved it so much that she stuck with it. Overall I thought it was brilliant. Unique plot and setting, great look, good writing, good voice acting, nice Beatles cover at the end, not your usual ending. I really can't think of anything bad about the film. One of the best animated films I've seen in a while. Unfortunately it didn't seem to make much money.

Stay to the end of the credits. At least to the end of the animated part. They give a glimpse of how the movie was made.

Last edited by IvoryTowerDenizen; 09-15-2016 at 02:11 PM.
  #8  
Old 09-15-2016, 02:16 PM
IvoryTowerDenizen IvoryTowerDenizen is offline
"Superstar"
Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: North Shore of LI
Posts: 18,191
Mod Hat On

Quote:
Originally Posted by Loach View Post
Stay to the end of the credits. At least to the end of the animated part. They give a glimpse of how the movie was made.
I had previously edited this post to spoil the quoted material in case it was a big spoiler as reported. After further investigation, stating there is an end scene in a movie does not rise to the level of being a spoiler.

Thanks.
  #9  
Old 09-15-2016, 02:38 PM
Rick Kitchen Rick Kitchen is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Citrus Heights, CA, USA
Posts: 13,388
Absolutely beautiful film, I agree about it being scary for younger kids, but I highly recommend it.
  #10  
Old 09-15-2016, 03:10 PM
Maggie the Ocelot Maggie the Ocelot is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Beijing, CA
Posts: 3,088
Saw this a while back. I wish it had gotten more publicity, it is a beautiful and touching and amazing finlm.
  #11  
Old 09-15-2016, 03:28 PM
Loach Loach is offline
The Central Scrutinizer
Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Pork Roll/Taylor Ham
Posts: 22,852
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maggie the Ocelot View Post
Saw this a while back. I wish it had gotten more publicity, it is a beautiful and touching and amazing finlm.
I'm at a loss as to why they didn't give it more of a campaign. I think I saw the trailer once. I don't know if I ever saw a commercial.
  #12  
Old 09-15-2016, 03:49 PM
Intergalactic Gladiator Intergalactic Gladiator is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 8,616
we also saw it a week or so ago and I concur. Great movie, needs s a little more pub.

Laika (the production company) should get a little love. They're not as well known as Pixar or DreamWorks but they are putting out some quality stuff.
  #13  
Old 09-15-2016, 04:02 PM
Sunny Daze Sunny Daze is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Oregon
Posts: 7,181
We enjoyed it too.

[sidebar]Loach we use earplugs for our ASD kiddos at the movies. My son likes the foam ones you roll up with your fingers. My daughter uses a set that they sell for musicians. We used to actually bring noise protecting headsets, but the earplugs alone seem to work now./sidebar]
  #14  
Old 09-16-2016, 10:02 PM
Northern Piper Northern Piper is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Je suis Ikea.
Posts: 25,074
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loach View Post
I'm at a loss as to why they didn't give it more of a campaign. I think I saw the trailer once. I don't know if I ever saw a commercial.


Odd - we saw the trailer several times, starting last spring.
  #15  
Old 12-21-2016, 01:01 AM
Pleonast Pleonast is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Los 'Kamala'ngeles
Posts: 6,312
I just saw this on bluray.

It's not a kids movie. The imagery is somewhat scary and the story is somewhat sad. Those are complements, in case it's not clear. Excellent movie by any measure. I'll be disappointed if it doesn't get more than one Oscar nomination.

It's going in my bin of movies that I can't wait to watch with my kids when they're old enough to handle them. (Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away being at the top.)
  #16  
Old 02-12-2017, 01:37 PM
Quimby Quimby is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: NJ
Posts: 7,011
Finally saw this and really liked it. I have to admit I didn't realize it was stop motion until the end credits. Without spoiling I will just say I really liked the ending.
  #17  
Old 02-12-2017, 03:00 PM
Bumbazine Bumbazine is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Outside...looking in
Posts: 3,168
The daughter of some good friends of ours worked on this picture and urged her parents to see it, and they of course urged us to see it. It was great! Not a misstep anywhere. Not a movie for little 'ens though.
It should be getting more acclaim than it is, but: Merika.
  #18  
Old 02-12-2017, 08:34 PM
Pleonast Pleonast is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Los 'Kamala'ngeles
Posts: 6,312
It's seems they're stepping up their Oscar campaigning for it.
  #19  
Old 02-13-2017, 09:11 AM
CalMeacham CalMeacham is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,412
Kubo and the Two Strings - Great!

I'll agree. we missed this when it first came out, but I saw it recently at the Arisia science fiction convention.

I hadn't realized that:

a.) It's mostly stop-motion, not CGI
b.) It's by the same crew that did Coraline, another great flick.
  #20  
Old 02-15-2017, 06:11 PM
MovieMogul MovieMogul is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 15,635
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pleonast View Post
It's seems they're stepping up their Oscar campaigning for it.
They just won the BAFTA, which has usually been a harbinger of good news at the Oscars (though I still suspect the Mouse's Zootopia is going to win in LA).

However, where Kubo is a genuine dark horse is in the Visual Effects category, since there is no obvious frontrunner.

Fantasy films usually win (unless they're Best Picture winners), so that puts Deepwater Horizon's odds as long.

The last film to win the category with no other nominations was [i]Death Becomes Her[/b] back in 1992, so that is a strike against Jungle Book & Dr. Strange (though they're still in the running).

That leaves Kubo and Star Wars Ep. 3.5. The last SW film to win here was in 1983, and while the digital Tarkin is an impressive achievement, it is just possible that [i]Kubo[/b] fans may try to concentrate their efforts here since they know their shot against Disney is tough. It also is the best reviewed of the 5 films on RT & Metacritic.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for either or both come Oscar night.
  #21  
Old 02-15-2017, 08:33 PM
dada2fish dada2fish is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 670
This is the only movie my 6 year old has watched more than 10 times .....well beside Iron Giant.
  #22  
Old 02-15-2017, 10:35 PM
outlierrn outlierrn is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: republic of california
Posts: 5,284
Don't mess with the monkey!
  #23  
Old 04-14-2017, 09:30 PM
DSeid DSeid is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 19,449
Bumping to note that this is now streamable on Netflix. I missed it in the theaters and just streamed it today.

Agree with those who sang its praises.
  #24  
Old 04-15-2017, 12:17 PM
JKilez JKilez is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: The Golden State
Posts: 2,007
What the heck, I will sing some praises as well. I thought it was Laika's best production since Coraline. It is a shame that the movie did not do better at the box office, it really deserves a bigger audience.

And, although it did not win the Oscar, it did win the prestigious AARP "Best Movie for Grownups who Refuse to Grow Up" award.
  #25  
Old 04-15-2017, 01:28 PM
RickJay RickJay is offline
Charter Jays Fan
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Oakville, Canada
Posts: 38,229
We saw it last week. Not at all impressed.

I loved the animation, and I see what they were trying to do, but the script was unforgivably herky-jerky and contained an inexplicable amount of terribly cliched dialogue amongst stuff that was trying to be cool and original. Had it been better written it would have been truly great.

Last edited by RickJay; 04-15-2017 at 01:29 PM.
  #26  
Old 04-15-2017, 08:34 PM
ArrMatey! ArrMatey! is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Waaaaay over here!
Posts: 3,408
Love it myself. Loved the amount of detail that went into the visuals. Loved the mythology that's sort-of left open ended. Loved how the celestial family's emotions are... well... lies to themselves. But most of all I loved the first scene the aunties appeared in with Kubo. That scene. That damn scene. When we got out of the theater I spent (no lie) an hour talking about how great that -one- scene was from a directorial perspective. I now get eye-rolls from my friends whenever the subject comes up, because I love -that scene- so damn much!

So yeah, it was an okay movie.
  #27  
Old 06-03-2017, 05:43 AM
Penfeather Penfeather is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 3,161
Utterly gorgeous to look at, scary in places, moving in others, and so worth seeing. Just wonderful.
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:15 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2017 Sun-Times Media, LLC.

 
Copyright © 2017