Kubo and the Two Strings ★★½

For much of the movie, it manages to replicate the feeling of a folk myth with great success. But the third act is so patently Hollywood, with extra helpings of redemption for nearly everyone, that it betrays a ton of the goodwill earned before.

On another note: can someone explain to me exactly why Laika makes movies the way they do? The line between practical puppetry and CG imagery in their films is so blurry that the physical effort that goes into their productions feels more like vanity than artistry. There’s nothing on the screen that genuinely looks like it couldn’t be made in a computer. Why are they bothering?