Director: Travis Knight
Starring: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey
Rated: PG (For thematic elements, scary images, action and peril)
Trust me dear readers, I would SO rather be discussing what makes “Kubo and the Two Strings” such an enchanting, emotional experience for families. I would rather be praising how the animators had a clear love of not only Asian culture, but also a love of Asian storytelling and sensibilities. When you read stories of people wondering where diversity is in movies, “Kubo and the Two Strings” is at least one response to your inquiry. Because here is a movie that takes place in Japan, is respectful of the culture, and uses the customs of the culture to carefully craft an imaginative story with samurai, magic, and monsters! Our main hero, Kubo, is a wonderful role model for kids of all ages regardless of their ethnicity. He is kind, a great storyteller, and takes care of his mother who is slipping in and out of reality (in a strictly medical sense, not in a play for laughs scenario). I have yet to hear anyone praising this film for any of these accomplishments, but they did with “Suicide Squad” because…it had Will Smith in it?
Parents,this is pretty violent for a kids movie and deals with some pretty mature themes. Recommended for ages 11 and up.