It's triumphant as well as terribly sad.
More often than not it's a charming, Eastern-influenced myth that's beautiful to watch and enjoyable to follow.
Kubo offers visceral thrills and visual splendor, but it also champions the importance of kindness, forgiveness, and embracing humanity's many imperfections.
Filmgoers who've suffered through a summer of superheroes, supervillains and sequels/snarky reboots, we now have something that genuinely casts a spell on viewers.
The overall stunning nature of the work cannot be ignored.
"Kubo" is bold and daring, telling a truly unique tale set in ancient Japan that is rich with the depth of a story passed down for generations.
Kubo is a lovely, unforgettable film about creativity and storytelling - about creating one's own fate by taking charge of one's story. And about learning to love others by sharing in their stories.
Kubo and the Two Strings is a magical motion picture in every sense of the word.
Despite the occasionally labored writing (with attempts at humor that are dry and distancing), Kubo and the Two Strings is swoonworthy in its vibrant visuals that span across unruly seas, lush landscapes and vivid seasonal colors.