Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Kubo and the two Strings Vue Cinema Valley Leisure Park (Croydon) 18th Sept 2016


The problem was then getting the weather wrong the following day as it proved warmed and I overdressed. I planned well otherwise getting to Wetherspoons just after it opened at 8 and for a time on my own as I enjoyed breakfast and also caught up on emails and Twitter. The cost was back to under £4.50 which included two coffees. I then made my way to the Library bus stop where I had to wait 20 mins for the 455 bus which has an interest route to the supermarket at Purley and through Croydon, Waddon to Purley way, then Beddington and then to Wallington train station. I have taken the route once before from Wallington back to Croydon. The stop is close to the Ikea but the return id across the very busy roadway alongside the tram stop. It is quite a walk to the cinema loaded as I was with the shoulder bag and lap top.  The intended film was Kubo and two strings which the man at ticket counter seemed to think was not on seemed to take a dislike to me but eventually conceded that the showing was 10.05 splitting hairs when I said 10. I paid the etc. £2 for a premium VUP seat.

I was very impressed by the film based on a Japanese tale of a boy who had lost an eye and makes a living for his widowed mother telling stories to his village using paper origami style with a little magic in this animated adventure.  His mother dies and given him a small monkey toy which transpire to her reincarnated when it becomes alive, an origami warrior he had created representing his father also becomes alive as a kind of Beatle warrior and they are on a quest to gather the pieces of armour that will protect him.  

It is through the adventure that the back story unfolds. His mother is daughter of the Moon King (the voice of Ralf Fiennes) and immortal without mentions and three daughters The father and the two other daughters have a blindness which makes them forgot all past and concentrate on the exercise of their present ruthless power. The young man had his eye removed as part of the to make him like his grandfather and with the help of the other daughters they attempt is to remove the other eye before he can obtain the protective armour. Charlie Theron plays the mother and Mathew McConaughey the father.  Although the manages to overcome the various attempts to stop and survives their various twists and turns before a very happy ever after ending. The aspect of the film which impressed most is the script with some observations profound, philosophical.
Afterwards because of constant traffic I had difficulty in making my way to the bus stop and because of the delay, having to appear to have missed one I decided to take the tram at £1.50 with the Oyster card £2 otherwise, used to be £1 regardless of the length of the journey unless one has a qualifying pass. The stop is on the right side of the road close to the hotel. 

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