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Kubo And The Two Strings

by Greg Vellante
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Nov 29, 2016
Kubo And The Two Strings

"Kubo and the Two Strings" is one of the year's best films -- a singular, soulful and sensational work of visual artistry and impeccable storytelling. From adventure to emotion, "Kubo" covers all the bases in methods that leap far beyond mere satisfaction and into the realm of spellbinding cinema. The film comes to us as the fourth feature from Laika, the studio responsible for stop-motion showstoppers "Coraline," "ParaNorman" and "The Boxtrolls."

While all of these films are worthy of your time, Laika has truly hit its stride with "Kubo." While it is undeniably a shame to have missed this gem on the big screen, viewers are still able to experience this glorious burst of visual storytelling with the film's recent Blu-ray release.

While easily one of the year's most riveting adventures, the film also strikes all the right emotional chords (pun intended). Love trumping hate, the power of family and community, our place in the universe -- "Kubo and the Two Strings" presents these concepts in unique and interesting ways, creating endless opportunities for parents and children to converse and even become closer long after the film has drawn to a close. The themes here are important meditations on life, and the methods through which these themes are realized are vital to the life and art of visual storytelling.

Thankfully, an array of bonus features capitalizes on the immense amount of work and dedication that went into making this film. In a series of featurettes entitled "Kubo's Journey," director Travis Knight takes viewers on a detailed venture through the film's Japanese inspirations, mythological monsters, emotional themes and use of music. There are a handful of other features, as well as a full audio commentary from Knight.

All that's lacking is a stronger focus on the backbreaking stop-motion efforts that went into the film's glorious animation. But alas, this is still a bright and shining gem worthy of a buy.

"Kubo and the Two Strings"
Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD

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