Since the past few weeks, there has been quite a lot sequels popping up in the box office with a large number of mixed feedback from all fans. Most of the jibber jabber can be just thrown out of the window since most “FAILED SEQUELS” are at present bringing in the big bucks at the box office. “Kung Fu Panda 2” is an original. Entirely different plot goes a wee bit sinister I would say. The mild violence works. I recall just being 12 and watching “The Lion King” and I loved it when the hyenas were torn to shreds by Simba. Well that was on good old VHS and this time it’s in 3D.
Po and his friends are entrusted on a task to save Kung Fu from being wiped off the face of the earth by the Evil Peacock Shen. Shen who has daddy issues has built a new weapon, which is no match for Kung Fu, or so he thinks until our famous panda warrior goes soul searching for inner peace.
Heartwarming it was not, as it were in 2008. It was more on the sides of slick action and an immense amount of war. This took the movie to an all new level and it took the movie away from temple and noodle shop. This works at times. But I believe the winner and the bestselling angle for this is definitely the well-crafted fight sequences. I watched it in 3D and it was off the hook. It’s the exact kind of thing that would wow a young kid, or even at times adults like us. The way they introduce Shen as the evil Peacock and the way Shen fights, the moves and his amazing feathers just nailed it! A lot of thought seems to have gone into the animals they bring into life in “Kung Fu Panda 2”. Hats off for all the creativity.
Jack Black & Dustin Hoffmann so far are my favorites. They are sharp and always on the lines so hard that it’s impossible not to laugh. By no means does this imply that Jolie, Chan, Rogen, Crane, Liu were over shadowed. I just felt that some of the best lines just happened to have just gone by their way.
Although it has PG rating just like before, this is a wonderful movie for kids and adults alike. The Panda, whom most of us have already begun to love, will tug at your hearts again (Specially the females) and take you on a beautiful journey. A journey with a deeper matter for Po, would you join him?
Title: Kung Fu Panda 2
Directed by: Jennifer Yuh
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Gary Oldman, Lucy Lui and Dustin Hoffmann
Rated: PG for sequences of Martial arts action and Mild violence