Flying over to Doha and back allowed me to catch up on a handful of movies that I’d not yet seen but had been meaning to.
Perhaps not if I had a full menu of entertainment choices before me… but, hey, if you were strapped in the middle seat of an airplane for 7 hours, you might say “okay, fine, I’ll watch it.”
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Kubo and the Two Strings
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Most of those were suitable for, say, flying. Most of those were forgotten and I had to look at the Lufthansa In-Flight Entertainment webpage to remember “what did I watch on the plane, again?” but, lemme tell ya, YOU NEED TO SEE KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS.
If your kids are, oh, 10 or 12, they’re old enough for this one (it gets into some pretty heavy themes) but they won’t appreciate it as much as you will. The basic gist of the story is that Kubo and his mom live in their adopted community after escaping to there when Kubo was a baby. He makes his living telling stories at the local marketplace and he and his mom have a simple life together… but he has to make it home before sunset every night or else something bad will happen.
Well, the story kicks off on the night that Kubo fails to make it home before sunset. We then go on a great quest to find a handful of artefacts, learn the real story of what happened before Kubo and his mom showed up on the shore near the local marketplace, and, get this, explores the concept of what it takes to overcome evil.
There, that’s the non-spoiler version. The spoilered version gets into the whole “what it takes to overcome evil” thing and, get this, talks about forgiveness and community. Not revenge. Not even “justice”, really. Forgiveness. Holy cow. And the closing seconds? Have Kleenex handy.
Good stuff all around and probably the only one out of all those that I can wholeheartedly recommend to any/everyone here. There were some good things in some of those other films, mind. I can probably recommend a couple of other ones in there to 90% of folks, a handful more to 75% of folks, and shrug about the remainder as being good films for a trans-Atlantic flight.
Seriously. You need to see Kubo.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?