Uproxx: “If you must blink, do it now,” the title character demands in the first moments of Kubo and the Two Strings. He then elaborates by stressing the importance of our complete concentration lest we endanger our hero. It’s a plea that gets repeated throughout the film, one tied to Kubo‘s concern with the power of storytelling and how the stories we tell shape the world in which we live. It’s as gripping as opening lines get, but in some ways it’s also unnecessary. Once the latest film from Laika — the studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls — begins, it becomes impossible to look away.