Kubo and the Two Strings
It is always wonderful to see a film that transcends it genre to speak to a wider than originally thought audience. The was definitely the case for our next Rialto Recommends. Released in August of 2016 KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS appeared to be another well crafted Laika animated feature. It turned into a film that was embraced by critics and audiences alike. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS matches its incredible animation with an absorbing -- and bravely melancholy -- story that has something to offer audiences of all ages. Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo is forced to go on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father and his mystical weaponry, as well as discover his own magical powers. The Atlantic raved "Kubo offers visceral thrills and visual splendor, but it also champions the importance of kindness, forgiveness, and embracing humanity's many imperfections." The Seattle Times said ""Kubo" takes LAIKA's trademark stop-motion animation to a new level, using Japanese origami techniques to create a breathtaking fantasy world." While Variety exclaimed "With its staggering visuals and genuine heart, Laika chief Travis Knight's fantastical samurai adventure puts the emotion in stop-motion." KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS is streaming on FXNow and DirectTv. It is available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, FandangoNow, Vudu and RedBox HERE.