I have been waiting weeks to be able to tell you what I thought about Kubo and the Two Strings. I went to L.A. back in early July and was able to see an advanced screening of the movie and have been sitting on my hands ever since. I’m so excited to finally be able to tell you how amazing this movie is.

kubo and the two stringsKubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

So before I delve into why I think you should go see this movie, because I do think you should, let me first tell you that I really didn’t think I was going to like it. I haven’t really been a huge fan of this type of movie in the past, and the story didn’t seem to be something I would enjoy (from the previews). But I was oh so wrong, Kubo and the Two Strings was not only likable, I actually loved it!

The story was interesting, exciting, full of adventure and action, and the comedic relief by Matthew McConaughey’s character, Beetle, was just what the movie needed to ensure that just about anyone will love Kubo and the Two Strings. 

The one thing I will mention is that I’m not sure very young children will like this movie, it has battle scenes and is a bit darker than most children’s movies. I think my 7 and 9 yr old kids will love it, but probably not my 2yr old. 

The bottom line, go see this movie with your kids. As a parent, you will love it. The kids will think it is funny and cute, and the story is lovable for everyone.

About Kubo and the Two Strings

An epic action-adventure from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.


Sneak Peek Trailer

My Attempt at Green Screen Action 

During the press event, where I had the chance to view Kubo and the Two Strings for an advanced screening, I had a chance to jump in front of the camera and insert myself into one of the scenes straight out of the movie.

It was a lot of fun to try this out, however, this was my first time ever in front of a real camera, let alone a green screen. I forgot part of the line I was supposed to say, then no one told me I wasn’t supposed to walk back in front of the camera yet, I thought they were done filming, lol. Take a peek for yourself……

 Kubo opens August 19th – will I see you there?!


Thanks to Focus Features for sponsoring my trip out to L.A. to preview this great movie.