Review: Kung Fu Panda 2
Verdict: Watch it in theaters.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is great fun, and is worth watching in theaters. However, it’s not as good as the first one.
Po returns, this time as the dragon warrior for whom kicking down wolves and protecting the valley has become a full-time job. All he needs to become complete, is to attain inner peace; and to find out the truth about his parents. He was the only one who didn’t find it odd his father is a goose. All the answers lie in the hands of a new villain (unfortunately not as challenging as Tai Lung), who threatens to take over all China, yielding an unstoppable weapon. Can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu?
Kung Fu Panda 2 (KFP2) is funny – probably as funny as the first part. Most of the credit for this goes to Jack Black’s great timing and his use of language in the context of the story. The beauty of the KFP series is something most movie goers will miss – the intricacy and detailing of the Chinese culture, tradition and art of Kung Fu, and its reference to animals. KFP is actually an art film, and can hold its own against the great Kung Fu movies. This is its greatest achievement.
The movie does not disappoint on entertainment value, and starts at the same pace it left off in the first version. This is where I think the movie falls short against the great pacing and rhythm of the first part. Everything happens too quickly, especially in the beginning, and if you miss it, you’re going to be left with a feeling of shallowness. This is definitely the result of a weak script, because everything else is first rate. But this is not a good enough reason to miss this one.
Go and have fun!