Kubo and the Two Strings- Review

Director: Travis Knight

Starring: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey and Ralph Finnes.

First of all, I love 3-D stop motion animation films because you can see the hard work and effort put into making them. Kubo is no exception. With the breathtaking scenery and the amazing stop motion animation, this quickly became a film that I fell in love with.

Kubo tells the story of a young boy, missing an eye on a journey to find three magical items to defeat the Moon King. He is accompanied by a monkey and a beetle and seeing as this is a fantasy film, the two can speak. Monkey and Beetle provide a very parental role in the film, both of them protecting and keeping Kubo safe.

The film focuses a lot on eyes, with it’s first line being “If you must blink, do it now.” The focus on the eyes gives a symbolisation of the eyes being the window to the soul, and they touch upon the fact that looking into someones eyes reveals their soul and you can see who that person is on the inside rather than the outside.

The soundtrack is beautiful with a mellow and gentle tranquility to accompany the calm nature of the trees and the night, with a more harsh tone to it when the darker scenes come into play.

Without giving away spoilers Kubo is mainly about family and the love that a family can provide, it’s sentimental and there are some tear jerker moments in there where you can have a cry about what you’ve just witnessed on scene. The representation is far from amazing with a very diverse character range, having them of Asian ethnicity.

If you want to see a work of art with an amazing and completely interesting storyline, with a beautiful soundtrack and some really amazing looking villains then I would say that this is the film that you need to watch this Autumn.

4/5

Fish Tank (2009)

Director- Andrea Arnold

Starring- Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender and Kierston Wareing

Fish Tank is a nitty, gritty social realism film, telling the story of a rebellious 15 year old girl who has been kicked out of school and fallen out with her friend. Katie Jarvis had never done acting before and she plays Mia superbly. Being set in an Urban London area, you get your stereotypes of loud mouth, violent and aggressive teenagers that swear a lot, drink a lot and smoke.

The film does have it’s funny moments, but it is also very moving and powerful. There are many different themes that the film brings up such as single parenting, sex and a relationship between a minor and an adult. Mia and her mum’s new boyfriend are obviously attracted to each other in a very dark way of things and when they start a relationship, it ends very quickly.

A lot of conflicts arise throughout the film and it’s represents real life and the struggles that some people go through. Perhaps the most hard hitting moment in the whole film is when Mia has lost Connor, due to him having a family, and then she finds out that an old horse that she found once has been put down. Throughout that moment, there is no music played and it makes the scene seem more real as you watch Mia have a break down.

If you want to sit down and watch a film about real life, with real struggles then pick this one up. It won a Cannes Jury Prize and it is worth it! The actors don’t do a single thing wrong and although the themes are dark, they are interesting and keep you hooked.

3.5/5

The BFG. Review.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader.

I can remember sitting down and watching the cartoon film of the BFG when I was young. Which looked something like this

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Although the cartoon has a special place in my heart, it was amazing to see the film redone as so masterfully by my favourite film director Steven Spielberg. I’ve seen many Spielberg films and this one felt like it fit in very well with the rest. The cinematography and scenery in the film was breathtaking, with one of my favourite scenes being of the dream tree.

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It was honestly breathtaking and the music was honestly one of my favourite parts with John Williams as the composer. If you’re like me and you know a lot of composers then you’ll recognise the magical feeling of John William’s music in this film. The music made me well up inside and honestly it was amazing to watch.

Many people will already know the story of the BFG, when a young orphan girl named Sophie spots a giant out of her window and he whisks her away to Giant Country where there are all sorts of other giants who eat children. With a colourful vocabulary, it felt almost just like the original film and Roald Dahl’s famous novel. I can remember reading the story when I was young and it still stays with me to this day. I even catch myself calling human beings, human beans sometimes just like the giants in the film.

Being captured by the story in the original animated film enthralled me as a child, and I hope that this film will do the same for this generation of children. It’s a fantastic Summer movie and a brilliant adaptation of one of the most beloved children’s authors.

4/5