The main plot of the film revolves around Kubo going on a quest to find a magical suit of armor in order to stop the evil forces that are hunting him down. It is overall a fairly simple plot to follow. He is joined by Monkey (Theron) and Beetle (McConaughey) who each guide Kubo and shape the journey that he is on in really a beautiful way. Monkey and Beetle are able to play well off of each other and provide some great comedic relief, as well as moments that will for sure put a smile on your face. The Sisters (Mara), who are hunting down Kubo, bring the tension and darkness that can sometimes scare us and always seem to be chasing us. Even though the story on the outside seems simple, it is done with complete perfection that you are still in a state of admiration.
For me this film almost seemed like it an entire dream sequence. We know that Kubo is a great storyteller and has a gifted imagination, so why wouldn't this be just another one of his stories. And I think that’s what makes the film so great. We are able to have these memories and stories of different events in our lives, whether it be people or places, that we can go on these journeys and seem to be almost living through those events. We can create a journey with those memories and always have them near and dear to our hearts. That seems to be the overall message that Kubo and the Two Strings is trying to say. We accept life and death but we never have to forget.
Even though we lose those that we love, they will always live in the memories and stories that we continue to tell of them. Kubo is that story that we can all relate to.
Bottom line: With gorgeous animation and a beautifully crafted story, Kubo and the Two Strings further proves why Laika is the company to bet on. Excellent.