Director(s): Jennifer Yuh
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IMDB Rating: 7.4 out of 10 (51517 votes)
Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon.
meeza (21 May 2013)
I Want Pandy!!! So I decided to get my kicks with a "Kung Fu Panda 2"viewing. I was aware that it was a sequel and there is always a "moreof the same" element to sequels. However, I was pandily surprised that"Kung Fun Panda 2" played at more being a prequel than a sequel. DragonWarrior Po (awesomely voiced again by Jack Black) is now on a missionto defend Kung Fu & China with his mates "The Furious Five" against anevil peacock called NBC, I mean Shen. However, within the fightingpandamonium there is also a subplot in the movie of Po trying to searchhis past and figure out who he really is and where he is from. The twoplot lines interconnect in "Kung Fu Panda 2" not just to providenarrative depth to the movie, but to present how one's upbringing is sorelevant to one's survival & also character. "Kung Fu Panda 2" looksbeautiful on screen, and besides the latest computer graphic animationdesign included in the movie there is also "old school" simpleanimation inserted to differentiate the time periods. Director JenniferYuh did a yeoman's job or should I say yuhwoman's job by incorporatingnoble Chinese culture into the narrative, as a love letter to China.However, Yuh did get carried away with too many explosion sequencesthat for the most part bombed. Nevertheless, it is the comedicprotagonist Po that makes the Kung Fu Panda movies work. Po stilldemonstrates that his love for the culinary arts is still his favoritethang! This Panda still loves to munch it down. I just hope we don'tsee an offshoot of his dietary habits in a Part 3 called "Kung PooPanda". Besides Black, Angelina Jolie also nailed it once again withher lipwork as Tigress, 20% of The Furious Five. Gary Oldman playing avillain never gets old, and he does some badass vocal work as Shen thePeacock. Dustin Hoffman just gets in a scene or two this time aroundvoicing Master Shifu, but when Hoffman speaks you better listen "He'stalking here!!". "Kung Fu Panda 2" does not hit on all cylinders, butit is no ancient Chinese secret that it is quite entertaining, mostlydue to its Black comedy! **** Good
Alex Vojacek (21 May 2013)
I am so sorry to disagree with so many people, It seems I wasn'texpecting the same as everybody else here.Kung Fu panda made me cry, there you have it, it was a story filledwith profound teachings about life, Kung-Fu and full of meaning. Themaster turtle and Shi-Fu really made the whole movie shine and the goodand sad moments were truly remarkable, that movie was a dead serioushit for me, it surely wasn't done just for kids, so I was so eager tosee this one.Sadly, Kung-Fu panda 2 returns to the formulaic premise of Hollywoodthese days, our hero doesn't need more training so the lessons arereplace with a very bad villain who doesn't know how to fight and thenrecurs to weapons (not my kind of villain). The tone of the movie is darker than the original, sadly, the mood, theway the movie is made and the way characters develop is it not. It'slike they tried so hard to made it more serious than the first one, butthe excessive action and special effects really contrived the movie toa merely two or three scenes of peaceful nature. There are so few quietmoments that it really feels like "producers and execs" told thewriters, " more fun, more action, more dark" and this is what we got.I really don't know why people loved it, I hated it, not because it's abad movie, because the first one was so deep, and this one so dull.Comparing this one to the first one is like comparing star wars episode5 with episode 1, one is deep, the other is dull.My kids liked it, the increased action will have a positive feedbackfor people that don't have inner peace (clearly the majority of themarket this movie goes for), but, for people that search some deepmeaning to the things that happened on screen, they will better beserved with Kung Fu Panda.Kung-Fu panda 2 excels at action but lacks heart, not giving us masterShi-Fu through the movie was a big mistake and the lack of a masterlike the turtle in the first one was a serious error me thinks.Tai-Lung was a glorious villain, the peacock no, it wasn't scary, itwasn't evil, it was just a resentful guy trying to be bad, also, what'sup with dumbing down our dragon warrior?, after the first one this guywas a real master that defeated a truly difficult villain, in this oneit behaves like a moron the whole movie up until the end?, it justdoesn't fit and it was done purely for jokes and fun and it was forced.So sad that it turned out to be like this.My score 5/10
Dan_the_Man_88 (20 May 2013)
I loved the first Kung Fu Panda movie. It had everything: amazingstory, great characters, not to mention great humor. In fact, Iconsider it to be the best DreamWorks movie since Shrek. ConsideringDreamWorks' almost flawless track record with sequels, I couldn't waitto see Kung Fu Panda 2.I went to see the midnight premiere, and boy was I not disappointed!Everything about this film blew me away. Just like Shrek 2, this waseverything a sequel should be. This was a well-written, excellentcontinuation of the series. It had everything the first film had andmore. One of the things I really liked was seeing Po and Tigress becomeclose friends, whereas in the first film she couldn't stand to bearound him. With that said, her character was nicely developed; I wouldhave liked to see more of that in the rest of the Five.Overall, this film was excellent. I can't wait to see it again; I hearthere may be plans for a third movie. As long as they keep doing whatworks in their films, and don't do what they did for Shrek the Third,I'm sure DreamWorks will not disappoint me. 10/10
paudie (19 May 2013)
I enjoyed "Kung Fu Panda" and am happy to report that the sequel isnearly as funny and smart as the original.The animation is again top class, with bright colours and brilliantfacial expressions bringing the characters to life.The story is about the Po's search for how he was separated from hisfamily as a cub and is quite touching and sad at times. Shen, the evilcharacter that broke up his family, has returned and is trying to takeover China this time.As in the first film there are some spectacular action sequences tokeep the kids happy. Perhaps there isn't as much smart humour for thebenefit of the adults as in the first movie but this is still a greatmovie for all the family.Jack Black is perfect as the voice of Po and the surprisingly stellarsupporting cast (Angelina Jolie/Dustin Hoffman) again do a great job.The ending leaves the viewer almost certain that there will be a thirdmovie, so I'll look forward to that also.
datasysxtreme (19 May 2013)
No need to waste too much time writing review...This is one amazingmovie with wonderful story, great animation and just like PO andbunch...pure awesomeness! :) All praises to people who created thisfun, emotional, action-delivering movie for kids and adults! Combiningall movie elements on such a scale...this can be made only by the beststudios, best animators, best crews in movie world! My son was amazedand me and my lady quite entertained by every single minute of awesomeKung Fu Panda 2.Best spent money for cinema in last few months ;) SUPPORT MOVIE MAKERS!DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS MOVE...OR IF YOU DOWNLOAD PLEASE GO AND SEE IT INCINEMA FIRST!
gavin-thelordofthefu-48-460297 (18 May 2013)
Well, it's been two months since I last saw this sequel in cinemasbefore I saw Pixar's Cars 2 (I'm one of the few people who liked thatmovie). Let's just say I enjoyed the predecessor that hadgroundbreaking animation, an amazing voice cast, spectacular actionscenes, hilarious comedy, and Hans Zimmer's and John Powell's beautifulmusic score. So, I like when Dreamworks Animation makes very successfulthat captures the magic of the original. That's why we get Kung FuPanda 2, a satisfying sequel to an amazing movie even though it's not amasterpiece. It captures the magic of the first movie that makes itvery entertaining to watch. Here are three reasons why.#1: The story about a villain with a powerful that can destroy Kung Fuand Po's journey into finding out about his origins was amazingly puttogether with darker themes. There is one flaw with the story, however.It used story elements from the original and incorporated them intothis one like Po is destined to become a warrior and is so fascinatedinto meeting kung fu masters which removes its freshness. Still, it's amagnificent piece of writing for a sequel along with its incredible andintense action.#2: The computer animation is very gorgeous. The look of the JadePalace/Valley of Peace, Gongmen City, and the panda village weredetailed perfectly and the character animation along with new ones likewolves, gazelles, goats, crocodiles, and a peacock were amazing. The 2Danimation flashbacks (like the Secrets of the Furious Five short) ofPo's origins and the Chinese shadow puppetry in the beginning of thefilm were very unique. It looked very nice and I wish Dreamworks wouldmake more of that than always sticking to computer animation. Don't getwrong. They still use it to make amazing visuals and great characterdesigns which makes this sequel worth watching, but I think it's been along since Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas was the last traditional 2Danimation from this company. Still, the computer animation is stillpretty good.#3: When we watch sequels, the characters were just their normalselves, going on a new adventure. In Kung Fu Panda 2, though, not onlythe characters are their lovable selves, we got a new side on some ofthem like we start to see a softer side of Tigress and a moreheartwarming side to Mr. Ping. Po is still his hungry self, but is nowdetermined and serious when it comes to finding out about his past andonly Monkey has a few lines in this movie. The new characters werepretty good, too. Master Ox and Master Croc weren't important to thestory and something tells me they're like the Furious Five in this filmbecause of Po freaking out about them. At least I did enjoy the cageflipping scene with them, however. Then, there's The Soothsayer, who islike a goat version of Rafiki from Disney's The Lion King, tellingprophecies and stuff. The wolf bandits are the henchmen of the villainLord Shen (We'll get to him in a second.) and with them in the movie, Ifelt like there's a Lion King Bibe into the film. Anyway, we get toLord Shen, who is the best Dreamworks villain and new character voicedby Gary Oldman. His character development and back story reallyunderstands why he would do this and for what cause, although, he maybe a little over the top. But when he's in a fighting scene, he is socool and so menacing even when he's with his cannon. DreamworksAnimation had succeeded in giving us the old and new characters justthe way we like it.Although, Kung Fu Panda 2 may not be a masterpiece, it's an excellentfollow up to a really great movie and it's worth checking out.I'd be excited if Kung Fu Panda 3 is gonna start production becausethis franchise is about as good as the Shrek series.9/10
(16 May 2013)
Now is important, waste your time going to the theater if you must,waste your time writing a review, but I have nothing better to do isnot a good excuse but it is an excuse. IF you like it buy the DVD in afew weeks.Go see this is your TV is broken naw read a book play a educationalgame, breath and meditate about all the time you have wasted in the nowwatching cartons when you were young. I saw this movie with a 4 yearold, neither of us wanted to watch it again which is not the case withsteam boat Mickey or the first one with the airplane.If you have a child to take with you it may seem like an excuse to seeit but it is not, it is the regular trivial movie one has come toexpect from a carton. Is it better than the cartons that were playedbefore the movies in the past? No, is it worth 10 bucks a person? No,is it better than an old episode of Kung Fu? No, is and sentient adultable to watch it without changing the channel? No, can I finish writingthis review, No the summary was partial written by the 4 year old GR.So in summary the panda wins again and some bad people like being bad,its in da jeans or something. Why does the panda look like William theRefrigerator Perry oh yeah its just a carton that you can watch on TVfor free or find on DVD from 5.99 soon.
(16 May 2013)
This review is from: Kung Fu Panda 2 (DVD) Saw this in a drive-in and loved it. Even more than the first one. I sure hope they make a 3rd!
(14 May 2013)
Adoption issues were touched on in the first Kung Fu Panda movie -- Po (the Panda) notices that all of his ancestors are geese, and he and his father, Mr. Ping, almost talk about it. In this movie, they do talk. Mr. Ping shares his experience of the day he met Po. As the story progresses, Po learns more about his history, and finally has to answer a question posed by another character: "Who are you?" Po ends up being able to synthesize his identity as a panda and as the son of Mr. Ping. This is a fun movie, and could be helpful for adoptive families trying to help their children be comfortable with "multiple-source" identities.
squash1324 (14 May 2013)
I just got home from taking my kids to see this film, and they arealready asking when we can go and see it again. It was a wonderfulfilm, and lived up to the expectations that I had going into it.The premise of the story is that of Po fighting to defeat a powerfulweapon that Master Shen has created that will end kung fu. There areseveral themes mixed into the movie including working towards yourinner peace, overcoming your fears to accomplish great things, and mostimportantly (I feel at least) the feelings someone has about beingadopted and the basic family structure.The voice acting in some parts of the film are the only drawback tothis film, but overall most of the actors did a fantastic job. The paceof the movie was perfect. My kids never once looked away other than toask me a couple of times why Po was afraid of his dreams. Youngerchildren may not understand the genocide that Shen committed to thepandas, but with a little explanation my kids understood what Shen did.Speaking of Master Shen I believe that he was a better villain than TaiLung was. Master Shen wanted to have something that he couldn't have(just like Tai Lung), but you also see the devastation he bringsthroughout the film as opposed to just seeing flashbacks to what TaiLung does. The way he destroys everything he cares about just to killPo showed my kids just how evil he was even to the very end.In my opinion this is the movie of the year for children. I honestly donot see anything that could top this movie this year.
planktonrules (14 May 2013)
I loved the movie "Kung Fu Panda" and gave it a well-earned 9. However,"Kung Fu Panda 2" is like MOST CGI movies these days--an unnecessarysequel that was simply an excuse to bleed just a bit out of theoriginal source material. Frankly, the plethora of sequels just seemsvery lazy and cynical towards the audience. Sure..."Kung Fu Panda 2" ispretty good, but 'pretty good' is a far cry from the original. I surewould love to see an end to this awful practice.The story once again finds out hero panda filled with uncertainty(though he sure APPEARED to have come into his own in the last film!).This is a problem since an all-new baddie with cannons is on his way(Gary Oldman)--and kung fu doesn't seem to be effective against thissuper-weapon. However, since this is formula, you know that by the endof the film all will be well once again. However, in the meantime, beprepared for a movie that is almost non-stop action and with a verydark tone--very dark. In fact, it's so dark that the filmmakers seemedto have forgotten one important thing--to make it fun. Overall,watchable and with incredible graphics--but it sure was a lot better inthe first installment. I've heard they are making a "Kung Fu Panda3"...whoopee.
leelaprasadg (14 May 2013)
With the success of Kung Fu Panda Dream Works finally managed tosurpass Pixar with it's heavily detailed and achingly beautifulanimation.3 years later it's sequel picked up from where it's predecessor left usin a small tiny village in the Republic of China no wait,China wasn'trepublic then it was still under the Imperial rule.Never mindhistory,Part 2 begins with the Villain Lord Shen (Gary Oldman)embarking upon a mission to take over China,as the story progressesLord Shen's and our Hero Po (Jack Black) paths intertwine asprophesized by his soothsayer.Po discover's his past while in pursuitto stop Lord Shen from destroying Kung Fu and taking over all of China.I particularly found Lord Shen a bit tamer than Tai Lung from the firstpart.Lord Shen when compared to Tai Lung cannot do awesome Kung Fu ordoes he emit the same evil as Tai Lung does.Though Tai Lung had a lotless of dialog than Lord Shen i prefer Tai Lung over Lord Shen asVillain for his super powers and imposing character.The heart of the story remains the same with Po overcoming odds to seeout any challenge to the peace and tranquility of hisvillage.Underneath the silly gags and Laugh Out Loud moments there isan underlying message in the movie."Your Past doesn't matter,it is whatyou choose to become" Po chose to become the Dragon Warrior and hefinally finds "Inner peace" and come to terms with his past in themovie.Audiences often ignore the message a movie tries to convey toit's viewers,all they want from a motion picture is to be entertainedthe whole 2 hours.Even the first Kung Fu Panda had a beautifulmessage,which urges one to go out and achieve their dreams despite themany obstacles that confront them.Kung Fu Panda 2 has a lot more "Kung Fu" in it.It's fast paced actionand equally fast editing leaves you bedazzled with you wanting more ofit.I personally feel the animation got better than the previous DreamWorks production's,it had the same detail and shades of their hitanimation picture 'How to train your Dragon'.However i felt the sequelwas less comical than the prequel.Part one was a laugh riot with everypassing scene,also part two had it's moments but not in the same volumeas part one.Another comparison between the two being the movie's climax.Part onewins hands down with an epic sorts of fight sequence laced with humorover part two's slow ending with a hint of a possible 3rd movie in themaking (i learnt today that Kung Fu Panda is a 6 part franchise,can youimagine the fun that awaits us?).
jamuckley (13 May 2013)
Kung Fu Panda 2 packs as great a punch as the original and also addslots of laughs.Po (Jack Black) and the Furious Five are back in action to fight evil.A new super villain, the evil Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) has threatened totake over all of China by developing a super cannon that has renderedKung Fu powerless. Similar to the first installment, Kung Fu Panda 2 brings back all ofthe elements we loved in the first film. The laughs are numerous andthe message remains the same. Despite, what people say or what happenedin your past, if you believe in yourself, you can overcome all evil. Check out my full review here:http://reelstorymovies.blogspot.com/2012/05/kung-fu-panda-2.html
estabansmythe (13 May 2013)
A few things can definitely be recommended about "Kung Fu Panda 2" in3D and none of them have anything to do with Jack Black. Overall, thefilm gets mixed grades.The artwork, the visuals and computer graphics are simply stunning. Theproduction team gets a tip o' the Dodgers cap. Seriously, it's the onlyreason to see the movie.Having just raved about the visuals, it's got be be said that at least10 minutes of the bombastic kung fu fight scenes could easily have beencut.Why? Because it was nothing but ridiculous overkill, i.e., filler toflesh out a weak and mostly empty script so that the studio coulddeliver a 90-minute film & justify charging $10-15.I read that star Jack Black is taking credit for re-writing much of hispart. Ten-year-olds loved the results. I'm not sure that manyover-10-ers did. Face it, the real Jack Black seems to be nothing morethan a big overgrown 10-year-old, so it figures.Not being a fan of his, a little Jack Black goes a very long way forme. I pretty much think that the guy is minimally talented & basicallyone of the luckiest, most fortunate people in Hollywood. I do not gethis mega-fame.BTW, John Powell & Hans Zimmer's score stands out in several places.As for the rest of the big-name cast, octogenarian James Hong as Yodaand Gary Oldman as the chief Blue Meanie are darned good.However, the rest just don't stand out at all. You could tell me thatJean-Claude Killy voiced Master Croc, not Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Iwouldn't have known the difference.The story & script: Since this is so obviously a kids flick, why didwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger get so deep into the philosophyof finding peace that was what the whole movie was about? This plotwent nowhere with the kids I went with & talked to. It was way overtheir heads.No, overall, "Kung Fu Panda 2" was a hodgepodge of good & bad. Goodvisuals, stunning even - and bad everything else.
tfrizzell (12 May 2013)
Kung-Fu masters led by the titled character (voiced by Jack Black) mustjoin forces to fight an old enemy (a deranged peacock voiced by GaryOldman) who has created a new weapon which threatens all which is goodand right in animated Asia. Much darker and heavier than itspredecessor, "Kung-Fu Panda 2" feels like it is somewhat forced as themovie gets into flashbacks and chaotic action sequences which sometimesbecome distracting to the warmth and complexities of the key charactersinvolved. A bit on the scary side for really young age groups and notquite as compelling to older viewers, the movie is still successfuloverall but lacks the magic of the first. It also leaves the door openfor more sequels by its finale. 4 stars out of 5.
sriramkumarav (11 May 2013)
Well, Po is already a hero now, nevertheless, he has his moments ofweakness and his frailties which still need to be overcome before hecan teach his new enemy the lesson of his life. Po must come to termswith his strange parentage: how can a panda be the son of a goose; sowhat, if the goose is the best dad in the world.... Time for someflashback and the arrival of the cutest baby panda on screen who makesyou go all gooey with his baby talk. The action sequences of the film, shot in 3D, do form the highlight ofit, but there's no undermining the friendship-and family emotionalsequences...Overall its a pretty sleek sequel which is outrageouslyfunny and holding out a promise for a third part....
Gordon-11 (11 May 2013)
This film is about the Kung Fu Panda's journey to find who he reallyis, and along the way he saves China from evil forces."Kung Fu Panda 2" tries to appeal to adults by be emotional elements,but this searching for roots business backfired. It is neither engagingnor entertaining. The is not much fun or adventure, and just havingJack Black repeating the word 'awesome' in its various grammaticalforms does not make it awesome. We are not that easily brainwashed."Kung Fu Panda 2" is a lacklustre sequel. It is way below myexpectations. Judging from the ending, if there is a "Kung Fu Panda 3"then it will not go in the direction I would like, so I hope thisfranchise stops here.
DICK STEEL (10 May 2013)
Who would have expected Kung Fu Panda to become a surprising,heartwarming summer hit back in 2008, where I thought it had capturedthe very essence of a typical martial arts film, and distilled it intoan animated piece appealing both to kids and adults alike. The big riskinvolved is of course coming up with the inevitable follow up filmgiven the profits that it had raked in, that won't be an insult to itsfans, and yet maintaining that same level of appeal the original had.Kung Fu Panda 2 succeeded.Although it certainly did seem that passing the reins over to rookiedirector Jennifer Yuh was bewildering, but Yuh turned out to be perfectin guiding the sequel and the beloved characters in yet anotheradventure, with bigger set action pieces, touching dramatic moments,and retaining plenty of humour from the get go. Credit of course mustgo to writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger in coming up with anatural progression of the story of Po (Jack Black), and filling itwith a lot more elements from classic martial arts film formulas suchas a jail break involving skilled pugilists in captivity, a pagoda,getting beat down, recovery and recuperation, and the learning of anew, ultimate skill. To think that the worries came from the scribesbeing responsible for the snooze-fest Monsters Vs Aliens, and Alvin andthe Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.Kung Fu Panda 2 brings back the A-list voices of Black as Po the Panda,now very much comfortable in his celebrity role of the prophesiedDragon Warrior, and the Furious Five consisting of Angelina Jolie asthe no-nonsense, hard hitting Tigress, Seth Rogen as the wisecrackingMantis, David Cross as Crane, Lucy Liu as Viper and the underusedJackie Chan as Monkey, recognizable animals used in distinctive martialarts boxing styles. Also returning are Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifuand James Hong as Mr Ping, while joining the fray are Gary Oldman asthe chief villain Lord Shen the vain peacock, Michelle Yeoh as TheSoothsayer, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Master Croc, Dennis Haysbert asMaster Oxen and Victor garber as Master Thundering Rhino, the latterthree forming some formidable masters of kung fu whose city they'reprotecting falls under siege.The story continues to loosely adopt from historical developments inChina, with the premise being set during the time when gunpowder wasdiscovered and fireworks created, but with the more sinister use of thematerial also for the creation of weapons such as the cannon,threatening the extinction of martial arts with its formidablefirepower. Lord Shen becomes fanatical in plundering metal from theland with the ambition to rule all of China, but for his Soothsayer topredict his downfall to come from something black and white, hence hisdogged massacre of pandas with his wolf pack goons, before setting hissights on and signaling his diabolical intent on some legendary martialarts masters.It's pretty amazing how this under 90 minute film also managed tosqueeze in plenty of pathos in the form of Po having to unlock hisrepressed memory of being necessarily abandoned by his parentsfollowing a pattern ala Moses with the pandas being threatened withforced extinction, which provides tons of baby panda to milk somescheming, crafty moments to tug at your heartstrings, and you can hearthat audible gasps of "oh so cute"s from female members of theaudiences. Well done, if the studio decides to make money frommerchandising. Narratively it's pretty predictable following thegeneric essence of typical kung fu film classics, what with thelearning of inner peace and new skills involved that resembled verymuch like Taichi-quan, but what mattered of course is the delivery thathit expectations, and not buckle under that same weight brought overfrom a successful first film.Then of course there's the spectacular fight sequences, especially whenPo and the Fearsome Five combine to protect the innocent masses againsthordes of enemies that come with the requisite comedy, from slapstickto lyrical, like poetry in motion when they showcase their respective,distinctive moves. Big action set pieces are well designed, and I givemy thumbs up to how the villain is modelled after the peacock, which initself brings about the theme of vanity that almost all villainspossess, but in the context of kung fu, it's extremely smart to designLord Shen to move and utilize his own innate weaponry, that of sneakydarts and fans - a weapon that in Chinese martial arts film, is theweapon of choice of the "wei jun zi" - the "fake gentleman" (sorry ifmy interpretation sucks, but you get my drift).No qualms about this installment, I would put it in my highlyrecommended list as a sequel that didn't forget about the spirit of theoriginal, and if the filmmakers can continue to capture exactly whatmakes martial arts movies tick and distill it like it did for the firsttwo films, I dare say we're in for a mighty strong franchise that willappeal to kids, and every kung fu film fan out there who will probablygo nuts at how well this animated series managed to get the formularight.
judy (10 May 2013)
I took my grandson to see kung fu panda because I really enjoyed thefirst one. This one unfortunately is not as fun as that one but itpasses. The animation again is stellar and Jack Black again does a goodjob as Po. I am going to disagree with the critics the story iscoherent and both stories (Po's search and the peacock's) do work ifyou are intelligent enough to see it. What I found irritating though isthat it seemed to go on longer than the 90 minutes. I think it wasbecause on like the first one it took too long for the Po to get it.Also the fight scenes were way too long and draw out for me. Yes thekung fu was good but it seemed to go on forever. The movie did redeemitself in the end and that's why I gave it 7/10.
(09 May 2013)
First off, a few character studies. The peacock villain, Lord Shen, was obsessed with power. He wanted to rule, and kung fu hindered his greed. His solution is to use a weapon of fire and metal to stop kung fu. He's an outcast son who, by trying to change his future like Oedipus of old, fulfilled it. He's full of bitterness and willing to destroy anything that gets in his way. Po, now the Dragon Warrior, faces two new challenges. One, to find "inner peace." Two, to save kung fu from Shen's "cup that is never full." He's haunted by visions from his past, and travels not only to save kung fu, but also to learn the secrets of his past. His connections with the furious five are growing, and they form a much stronger team. I love it when Po offers Shen the chance to be a new person, and offers forgiveness. How it ends is for you to see. These and other characters were great, and showed off some fun acting. The movie was full of chuckling humor, despite a couple cheesy lines.The animation was amazing, to say the least. The 3D worked really well, with all the fighting and stunts. I really liked the diverse use of animation, with the 3D, the flat cartoon-like images, and the shadow puppets. The new range of animals, including gorillas, goats, peacocks, and a croc, was very satisfying as well. As in the first film, the fight scenes were wonderfully thought up and animated. In one particular fight scene, the music was timed precisely with each of the blows and bumps, creating a really cool experience. This describes all the music composed for this film by Hans Zimmer and John Powell. I heartily enjoyed all of the music.Now for the movie's effectiveness as a sequel. Unlike many companies, Dreamworks wisely planned for this movie even before releasing the first, and organized the plot around it. That was a key that made it successful. Plan ahead, far ahead. I love it when a sequel works as this one does. In the plot of saving kung fu, with the subplot of finding out about his past, Po took watchers through a wonderful adventure. They even left a cliffhanger, which gives me hope that they had also planned for a third. However, along with that are a few concerns. First, I worry that they thought up this cliffhanger on the spot, and haven't planned far ahead. I want the third movie to be as much (if not more) of a success as this one was. Second, based on the cliffhanger, it may occur that the third movie takes the focus away from kung fu, and expands the "Po's past" theme to be the main show. This would be a disaster.Now for my final recommendation. This movie is slightly darker than the first, and is more intense. Not that it isn't for kids anymore. Kids, I believe, will still enjoy this movie, maybe even more than the first. There is no language, and no inappropriate references or behavior. All the humor is clean, and actually funny. It is rated PG by MPAA for sequences of martial arts action and mild violence.
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