'Strings' uses an unusual medium very effectively, even incorporating it into the story line. The film is strewn with subtle tugs on your heart strings that combine to give a huge emotional impact. Beautifully shot with a variety of landscapes and cultures, it is very easy on the eyes. Despite the use of puppets, no meaning or emotion is lost at all.
The only real criticism I have is that the storyline is somewhat clichÃ (C)d; a mixture of Romeo and Juliet and the standard hero-liberating-his-people deal.
However, the romantic element is well-developed and deep, and doesn't simply fall back on the Romeo & Juliet connotations to carry it. Similarly, the political aspect is complex and involving.
The film leaves strong, lasting feelings of hope, mourning and regret, and manages to evoke such emotions using 'merely' puppets.
The story is not groundbreaking and does leave some questions unanswered, but it suits the medium and the result is a decent film, best seen with pre-teens.
the voice acting was great too but i can't help feel that i would have enjoyed the movie a bit more and cared more for the main characters if the marionettes were able to articulate more emotion. I guess you can say that the performance was a bit wooden. Hah! you see what i did there? ok, that was bad...i'll stop now.:/