Holly on Hollywood
by Holly McClure
“Kubo and the Two Strings” is a beautifully filmed, edgy and dark, animated adventure from the studio that brought you “The Boxtrolls”. Young Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson), is a one-eyed boy who can animate origami characters by playing a stringed Japanese instrument. Kubo cares for his ailing mother who’s told him that he can’t be seen out at night because his otherworldly grandfather, the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes), will kidnap him and take his other eye. His mother sends him on a journey to find the only thing that will keep him safe: his father’s magical armor. With voices from Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Matthew McConaughey.
This PG hybrid of stop-action and computer-generated animation is actually a little scarier than most kids films, with battle scenes, a village burning and even deaths. It’s also a buddy-flick with Monkey and Beetle joining Kubo’s journey, intense fight sequences and a mesmerizing score by composer Dario Marianelli that included the song, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Despite the danger, at the heart of this story is the tale of a young artist learning how to be a hero and his love for his mother. “Kubo and the Two Strings” is a deeply affecting movie that may not appeal to the little ones but if older kids to adults will watch, it will move them to laugh, cry, and cheer.
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!