Film Review: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

| 25 June , 2011 | Reply

Directed By: Jennifer Yuh
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman, Dustin Hoffman, Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogan, Jackie Chan. Jean-Claude Van Damme

The Dragon Warrior is back in town and the fate of China rests on his broad furry shoulders. Only the Dragon Warrior is ridiculously clumsy, a little bit foolish, and more then a little unfit. He also happens to be a panda. Yes in real life these circumstances would probably be cause for concern, but in the deliciously animated world of Kung Fu Panda 2 they\’re nothing but gold.

The second instalment in the Kung Fu Panda series is an action packed adventure through the Chinese countryside and its bustling cityscape. Po (Jack Black) has just started to settle in to his Dragon Warrior boots when he must embark on his most dangerous journey yet – to stop the evil Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) from destroying his homeland. But at the same time Po is also on a journey of self discovery: trying to find the story of his birth, and the inner peace that will let him master his craft.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a beautiful film to watch. The animation is quite intricate and is wonderful to watch in 3D. Beware though this is one of those films that does have animated projectiles flying in your face. Rodolphe Guenoden has choreographed some delightful martial arts sequences full of stunts that look as if they are from a live action film.

This film is darker than the first but is balanced with more sentimentality as well. Black is in fine form as the excitable Po – his performance benefiting from the different constraints of the animated medium. Brilliant comedic support from The Furious Five keeps the pace of this film exciting. Pleasingly, even though this is a star studded feature the individual voice work never outshines the animated characters.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is an enjoyable film both for the young and the young at heart.

In case you missed it, check out our Aussie exclusive with Angelina Jolie and our Red Carpet Interviews with Lucy Lui & Jack Black when they were in Sydney.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is in cinemas now.

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Paige

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