I Saw A Film Today… Kung Fu Panda 2

It seems the last few weeks the only films that I have found interest in seeing also happen to be presented in the mystifying abomination known as a 3-D technology. And if there is one thing that I have learned over the last few weeks is this simple truth: I truly do hate it. Admittedly hate is a strong word but this also happens to be a strong conviction. Do I miss the point? Do I understand the definition of “3-D film”? I believe the answer to both questions is no. But I decided to partake in this “technology” once more so that I can see the sequel to an animated film I rather liked, Kung Fu Panda 2.

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Po (Jack Black) is back and enjoying his life as the Dragon Warrior while protecting the Valley of Peace. But everything changes when the Valley is attacked by a pack of wolf bandits in search for refined metals when Po has a flashback to an image of another Panda. Is it possible that these are Po’s actual parents? And why exactly are wolves stealing metal?

They are in fact collecting the metal for a powerful peacock named Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), who has plans of taking the entire of China. So now Po and the Furious Five must travel to Gongman City in order to stop Lord Shen and his pack of wolves. Along the way Po must learn to find inner peace and come to understand what happened to his parents all that time ago.

As much as I liked the original Kung Fu Panda, I have come to like this one even more. What the first one pioneered in kung fu-style animation, this one takes that formula and gives it kick.

The animation is gorgeous and handled with care. Such care that seeing it in 3-D was actually quite good, an extreme rarity. I’m not saying that watching it in 3-D adds anything you couldn’t get from 2-D but it’s not as distracting as other 3-D films. It does not dim the film in any way. I guess what I’m trying to say is you can do worse when it comes to the gimmickry of 3-D.

As far as all-star cast go, you possibly cannot do better than this one. the talents range from actual kung fu student Jackie Chan to the sultry Miss Angelina Jolie. Not to mention Gary Oldman, who may just give one of the best voice-acting performances in a long time as a villainous peacock. And in a time when Jack Black just can’t seem to pick a good script, he reminds us of why we know who he is with his role as an overweight panda.

There are a few problems here and there with this sequel (an overload of fat jokes, for example). But these are overlooked with its heartwarming tale. It may not be the best animated feature so far this year, but it comes in a close second.

Verdict: SEE IT!

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