The animation is beautiful, with certain scenes standing out. The story was brought out with a lot of detail through the animation, but I’ve found the film in general severely lacking. For a film that focuses on Kubo, he has poor character development, as well as the other characters. The movie spends a lot of time on the journey, yet not enough to make a significant impact on the well being of the characters. It also tried to build a rapport between the characters, but spends little time developing relationships; they end up staying detached to each other, and in turn affect the impact of the story. The movie does end up predictable but I think I wouldn’t have minded it if it was done very well.
The voice acting wasn’t top notch either. Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey are good actors but they don’t make a great voice pairing. They don’t seem to be on the same page when it came to their character interactions. Even Art Parkinson was kind of bland. For a story that has a lot of adventure, the characters don’t sound very adventurous.