Kubo & The Two Strings:
It was OK?
So, like... This movie got fucking amazing reviews and word-of-mouth. "OMG bro, the movie is like, really fucking amazing looking and has a really awesome, kinda bittersweet story about loss and life and shit... It's SO FUCKING GREAT!!! A++++ WOULD WATCH AGAIN!!"
But, like... It was OK?
I mean... I didn't really like it a whole lot. I liked it OK, tho. Lemme fuckin tunnel into this one a bit, cause I can sense that no one's on board with me, here...
So the pacing of this movie sucks. A lot. It opens well enough, but it's trying to cram a fairy-tale-type epic quest adventure sort of plot into a little 100 minute movie (and a number of those minutes are credits). It has this kinda break-neck pace that a lot - A LOT - of modern films suffer from. Bad movies, too. This movie is actually trying to not suck, tho, so it isn't really that bad, but it's doing itself no favors with the pacing.
Because the movie is trying to be this really emotional flick, but it gives itself absolutely no time at all for character-building and to nail its themes and shit. The monkey just shows up, and is just accepted immediately. There's a "WTF, A MONKEY" sort of scene later, but everything is so fucking rushed, and it comes AFTER the initial intro of this character, and it feels so fucking forced and wrong... And then they rush through that fucking scene.
The opening scenes have such promise, too. The first real scene of the film is where Kubo wakes up and goes through his morning routine, and it's gloriously mute and takes its time to breathe a bit. There are precious-few scenes like that in the film at all. They don't dwell an ANY moments for more than a second or two. We got plot shit to take care of, mother fuckers! We can't have our character sit there and mourn some shit for a while, or sit there and admire some pretty scenery, or sit there and be amazed at some really amazing magical shit that's going on. Fuck all that noise, bro, we only got like 40 minutes to have three fight scenes and two quest items and some back story and some important PLOT TWIST moments to cram in there! We gotta keep the pace marching right along!
I mean... the pacing genuinely kills this movie, and it's all in the characters and the kinda poor writing. Was anyone honestly surprised by the "plot twists" about the characters? I mean, they fucking telegraphed that shit for THE ENTIRE MOVIE up to that point. It was kinda pathetic.
But then they meet this dude, and the monkey doesn't like or trust him, and then ONE SCENE LATER all three of them are acting like they've known each other for fucking years and being all sarcastic and ... 'informal' with each other. Too comfortable and weird. They should have fleshed that relationship out with a lot more getting-to-know-each-other shit.
The "we have to find a bunch of shit" plot was also really cramped and smooshed together and some of the beats made no fucking sense at all. I think they were trying for comedy in a couple of beats, but it just came off as really weird and stupid. And there's a weird fascination with eyes that they put way more emphasis on than was necessary. The plot points came out of nowhere, and the 'trials' that the characters go through to get their hands on the magical doodads have no thematic relevance to the characters or their relationship or any other aspect of the story. Just things to have happen for some reason. They don't even spend much time looking for them. They just kinda stumble onto them by accident the whole time.
I was just really disappointed by the whole thing. I will give them the cinematography, which is pretty as all hell. Laika is obviously very good at the technical aspects of photography and staging and animation.
But, I mean... It was OK?
It was OK.
EDIT: I take it back... It's not OK. The more I think about it, the less I like it.
Last edited by Squiggly_P (2016-12-16 03:46:44)