This is the movie we’ve waited for, for what seems like an eternity
When the first Kung Fu Panda came out, it was a breath of fresh air.
A decade later Po has met his father and … well.. sorry..
This could have been the movie to lift us all up.
As it was, it felt flat.
My friend who saw the screening said it best..
Visuals: 8/10 – it’s beautiful
Score: 8/10 – beautiful music
Story: 5/10 – … enough said
To make it worst.. we know chi masters.. we love tai chi.. ( www.MasterTaiChi.com ) , we love all the elements.. but if the first movie taught us that there is no secret ingredient… it perhaps didn’t get that message over.. The formula has been repeated. There were some incredible scenes, and unfortunately.. the movie turns into the worst of disney serial animation.
Perhaps .. the writers having turned out not just the movie, but countless episodes of kick, bash .. we win.., coupled with a need to keep the movie short for the young audience, took a movie that could have had depth and legacy and made well a nice.. easy to watch at home when babysitting movie.
The opening scenes were some of the best, and gave a set up for what could have been epic.
The challenge.. our dragon warrior is more and more a farce. He hasn’t really matured, and in many ways the time passed since the first movie has turned him into a character. On day one.. you can forgive the flaws.. but imagine Harry Potter facing Voldemort.. and dropping his wand and forgetting the spells.. it just wouldn’t cut it.
Did we enjoy it.. yes.
But then again we love movies.
Did we love it .. well NO..
If we could edit out the bad bits, and make an awesome 15 minute short film.. then yes.
But poor dialogues, weak story archs.. it feels like the franchise is dead.
The tragedy.. it will probably spawn another.. series.. based of the stories of Oogway or others..
However our enthusiasm is gone..
Overall : 5/10
Suggestion: watch at home with young kids..
Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he’s going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor (Dustin Hoffman). After reuniting with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston), Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai (J.K. Simmons), a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.
Release date: March 11, 2016 (United Kingdom)
Directors: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni
Box office: 323.8 million USD
Film series: Kung Fu Panda
Production companies: DreamWorks Animation, Oriental DreamWorks