Easily Laika's best film to date. Extremely mature and beautifully told, Kubo is a stop motion powerhouse that hits all the right notes on the shamisen. A disabled boy uses art to tell the stories of his family, proving that loving memory is the most powerful magic of all. Weave it into a visually stunning world celebrating the beautiful culture of Japan, and you've got one of the best films within the medium of stop motion animation.
Sure, the moment when they're playing Taboo and Howard can't guess the word "woman" is funny and offers a brief moment of comedy to an otherwise dreary film, it's also some genius character development to show the audience how pitiful, crazy, and narrow minded his character really is. I think that may be my favorite part.
So this does it. This ends my King Kong marathon.
1933, 1976, and 2005.
What did I think of Peter Jackson's adaption?
I've got to say, pretty dang awesome.
Jackson captures the feel and essence of the thirty's so incredibly well, that my favourite parts of the movie were that in the beginning and the end when we spend time in New York City. His attention to detail is extraordinary. The original clocked in at an hour and forty-six minutes,…