Kung Fu Panda Review

10 Jun

“Everybody was Kung Fu fighting, YEA! It was fast as lightning”

As I’m sure you know Jack Blacks newest movie came out this weekend (on my birthday) and I got to see it on my birthday. It is an animated movie from Dream Works (think Shrek) starring the aforementioned Jack Black. Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross and Ian McShane also lend their voice talents to bring this story to life.

The movie is based around Po (the panda) trying to learn his role as Dragon Warrior and ultimately defeat Tai Lang who is evil because he believes he should have become Dragon Warrior. Po is also training and fighting to gain the respect of his idols, the “Furious Five.” The Five believed one of them should have been Dragon Warrior.

Humor abounds from Po’s lack of agility or stamina and his attraction to food. The “training montage” shows Siafu training Po by making try to take food. (From the other brain: During this montage I couldn’t help but hum South Park’s “Montage Song.”) Of course, while striving for the food, Po was able to learn/perform acrobatic Kung Fu moves.

As you can figure out, Po is able to save the day.

The movie is full of classic “Shrek-like” moments and Jack Black moments. The animation is very good and fits the style well. The animators were able to bring Jack Black out through the Panda.

Two characters that steal the show: Master Oogway (Tortoise) who reminded me very much of a Yoda type character and Mr. Ping (Goose) who is said to be Po’s father and owner/operator of a noodle restaurant who claims to have a “secret ingredient” to his noodles.

Overall I would give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend it to everyone of all ages. Kids and big kids (like me) will love it.

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