Kubo and the Two Strings ★★★

The animation in Kubo is so smooth that I was convinced it was some sort of CGI with an introduced jitter like The LEGO Movie. It's actual stop motion, which is astounding.

The most interesting thing about it, was how completely it committed to its pastiche on archaic storytelling styles, which is more of a feeling to me because I'm no expert on such old forms. But, if pressed to put it into words, if this movie were in a modern context, the dialogue would come off as heavily stilted, the identity twists would be eyeroll-worthy, and the battles would be boring. However, the remedy for that is to frame every scene and every line as part of an important, arch-story like those older stories did, and it definitely succeeds with that style.