KUNG FU PANDA 2: MOVIE REVIEW
Dreamworks studios presents a fantastic sequel to the hit animated film Kung Fu Panda. For some reason now, after every movie I watch at the movie theaters, I just get the urge to write a review about it. I’m no movie expert or anything, I just like puttin’ out my opinion on the film with a less harsher point of view like most “actual” critics do. Well, I hope some of you read this and find it somewhat interesting, useful, or dookieface.
Kung Fu Panda 2 takes place after the first one (duh), so it begins with Po the Dragon Warrior (Jack Black), his master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), and the Furious Five with the original voice actors Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu…etc, the main characters from the first one return, how about I put it that way. So Po is the greatest kung fu warrior in China, but his growth as a warrior doesn’t end there. This sequel focuses greatly on Po’s character development and backstory. There is plenty and a lot of action right from the beginning, as many martial arts-related sequels should start. So I’ll leave the premise at Po struggling with taking the next step in his kung fu training and talk about the main villain. In the first KFP, Tai Lung was the strongest kung fu martial artist, but had the villainous twist of heart-character. The villain in KFP2 is less about strength and power, but the Peacock menace, Shen (Gary Oldman), was a man of vengeance (go figure right). I must mention that his fighting style was cool as hell, but unfortunately there wasn’t enough of him fighting to be shown. Anyway, he’s an angry sport and wishes to conquer China with weapons and without kung fu. I believe the writers went with a little historic reference with how kung fu was once the heart of China’s culture, but with the invention and exposure of destructive weapons, kung fu began to die out. Oh, and there are a few other new characters, but their appearances are..well, not too important? Story was as awesome as the first overall though. :)
-Don’t let his looks fool you, he knows martial arts.-
The music was beautiful in this movie. From the fight scenes, to sad flashbacks, to desperate moments. I even believe that the music stood out even more in this one than the first. The music was elegant, epic, touching, all at the right times. It had the settings feel real and authentic, just like the first one.
Presentation (I saw the film in 3D) was astonishing. If only the first one was in 3D, that would have made the action scenes more vivid and the environments more eye-candy, but KFP2’s 3D was excellently done and I’m thinkin’ that Disney and friends are getting the hang of this 3D animation ish. 3D is definitely worth it if you’re planning to see this movie.
Sequels for any type of film (animated or live-action) tend to fall short, but when done correctly without recycling formulas (Hangover *cough), it can be a satisfying result. What is there left to say? The movie was as great as the first, if not better. 3D was nice so the extra leap isn’t scary (unless you’re a cheapskate like my friend Jill). Lastly, the movie is a must buy once it hits shelves! Go see this movie!
I wish there was a gif out there of her hiding in her hair loll. I love this movie! Mandy Moore could get it!