Kung Fu Panda 2 Review: Brilliant Sequel with a Grown-Up Panda

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sequel of 2008’s movie which took $600 million at the box office. In the second part Po becomes more mature though likewise charming. He becomes a Dragon Warrior and protects the Valley of Peace from perfidious Lord Shen.

Kung Fu Panda 2 directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson is a rare case when a sequel surpasses the original movie. 2008’s Kung Fu Panda took $600 million at the box office thus making the sequel almost inevitable.

In the second part Po (Jack Black) is no longer a fatty kung fu obsessed panda, he is a Dragon Warrior, a guard of the Valley of Peace who protects it together with his  fellow kung fu masters The Furious Five – Crane (David Cross), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), Monkey (Jackie Chan) and Tigress (Angelina Jolie).

Po has a new mission: to protect his community, to stop replacing kung fu by gunpowder and to get rid of Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), an insidious peacock who is planning to rule all over China and to extirpate all pandas, as he had been told by a soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) that pandas would become his nemesis.

In addition, Po has another task. After several blurry dreams about his past and being told by his goose father, that he had been adopted, he finally wants to discover who he really is and what happened to his real parents.

Together with this psychological turn viewers can expect a romantic line in future, as the relations between Po and Tigress seem to become closer. There is a scene in the movie when Tigress gives Po a slap which looks more like a kiss. So let’s wait and see what will happen.

Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack really adds to the movie with its energy and diversity. What is more, numerous fights produces by choreographer Rudolphe Guenoden are inventive and dynamic. They vary from the balletic to the explosive and you can really follow what is going on instead of waiting for the dust to settle before finding out what on earth has happened. That differs Kung Fu Panda 2 from the majority of action movies.

Some words about animation must be said. The movie depicts any possible details of landscapes, stunning views of mountains and lakes with gorgeous depth. There is almost no need to overpay and to watch its 3D version, as you can truly enjoy the 2D option.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a movie for the whole family. It is worth seeing and even deserves reviewing. Po is still lovely and a little bit clumsy, he is ready to fall at any moment. He still loves eating and is proud of his ability to chow down 38 bean buns. But at the same time now he is more serious and responsible, thinking about his community and childhood.

The plot is quite predictable, but witty script, beautiful and bright animation and voices of Black, Jolie and Oldman make the movie a real must see for the whole family. [via Telegraph and Daily Mail]

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