End Of The Week Shorts #17 extract: Kubo And The Two Strings (2016)
Truly spectacular, Kubo And The Two Strings is rife with gorgeous, fluid 3d stop-motion. All of the characters are strong, especially Kubo. Though the minor experience somewhat flat character arcs, they support the growth of Kubo, our protagonist, very well. The only downfalls of Kubo And The Two Strings are a few bits of dialogue which are either a little clunky or are a little too on the nose in translating parts of the narrative subtext. However, story is almost everything in this film; not only is it highly metaphorical and deeply subtexual, but it is imbued with such profundity at many moments.
Whilst I won't attempt to relay all that makes this narrative great now, as I've only just got through it for the first time, there is an awful lot to Kubo And The Two Strings - more than the dialogue affirms - so I will certainly be returning to it sometime soon.