Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Kung Fu Panda 2 is the first feature film by Jennifer Yuh, written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger and starring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber, Danny McBride and James Hong. [Here’s my review of the first one.]

Plot:
Po (Jack Black), head of the Furious Five – Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Crane (David Cross) – is pretty content with his life. That is, until the kingdom is threatened by the evil Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) who developed a new weapon that is able to defeat Kung Fu and with which he plans to take over. But a soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) has predicted his defeat – and his fate and Po’s seem to be more closely tied together than both realise at first.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a very sweet film and an excellent sequel.The cast is good, the story is nice, but it’s the animation that really stands out: it’s that fantastic.

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Superheroes

Now that I don’t have uni, I don’t know what to do with myself, when I come home before 10.30 pm. Therefore, I go to the cinema.

Yesterday brought me Hancock and Kung Fu Panda.

Hancock was fun. Did I mention that I like Will Smith? Because I do. And Jason Bateman, and Charlize Theron. There’s hardly a movie, where so many likeable actors are together.

It had the most blatant product placement (for youtube) I have ever seen in a movie, and the weird thing is – it was actually pretty natural. And worked.

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What I didn’t expect was the absolute tragic love story. So sweet, so romantic and so fucking sad… *sniff*
I mean, I wasn’t surprised that she has superpowers as well, that was clear to me after her first look at him (but obviously not to the rest of the audience, because they gasped the hell out of the movie, when they saw her throwing the refrigerator). But when they are both at the hospital… I didn’t even mind the plotholes the size of Germany anymore.

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It won’t be my favourite superhero movie of all times (Nothing beats Superman IV :P), but it’s a solid one.

Kung Fu Panda was great. I was at the theatre in a room filled with adults, who all laughed their asses of. Seriously, there was not a single child in sight.

I really enjoyed it. They had great voices (although, Seth Rogen should have been allowed to talk more), the animation was good and the story really sweet.

The only thing I have to critisise: Not all fat people are just motivated by food, or eat all the time. And it would be great if one movie didn’t follow that stereotype. But then again, it’s a movie with Jack Black, I don’t expect them to break all the conventions.

I liked it, I laughed and I’m thinking of seeing it again this weekend, with my nephew, who will surely love it.