Kung Fu Panda – 2 – Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on May 30, 2011 | 1 Comment
PRODUCER – Melissa Cobb, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Co-producers)
DIRECTOR – Jennifer Yuh
WRITER – Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
VOICE CAST – Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu
MUSIC – John Powell, Hans Zimmer
In the last film Po had left home to become who he is, a dragon warrior. In this one he learns to find himself so that he can truly come home. ‘Kungfu Panda-2’ is Po’s journey to finding the truth about himself while he is saving China from Shen and his past.
This time round Po has to stop Shen from unleashing his missiles on hapless China and thus destroying it. The underlying motive to this seeming power-hunger is to find and kill Po. It has been prophesised that he is Shen’s nemesis.
‘Kungfu Panda-2’ takes a break-neck speed approach to its 3D action and with colours and objects zipping by at lightning speed, ‘edge-of’-the seat’ is not a difficult feeling to have. But it is not just excellently used 3D visuals that make the ride gripping. Nor the story which is quite mundane and even clichéd. It is the intuitive screenplay that never lets the film down. After ‘How to train a dragon’ and ‘Toy Story-3’ last year, ‘Kungu Fu Panda makes a perfect animation feature to be viewed repeatedly.
The film captures the essence of its first part and retains that sensibility strongly, making the sequel almost seamless. The characters have the same simple earthiness and Po is still the good-hearted, good-natured Dragon Warrior. His world is still full of vulnerable failings and amazing strength just that an angle of spirituality now guides the proceedings. Talks of inner peace and fortune-telling that is more than mystical quackery outline a large amount of the proceedings for a while making you wonder if these aren’t too subtle for a children’s film. But they are not. The beauty of the film is it makes these concepts completely accessible.
The film keeps its emotions on the surface even while dealing with them lightly. It balances the humour, delight, visceral thrills and sorrows even as the drama pans out evenly. The voices of Jack Black (For Po) and Angelina Jolie (For Tigress) once again support the film excellently. While the former does superb justice to Po’s lovable softness the latter’s toughness and resilience ‘shows’ in her voice.
Thrilling 3D visuals combine with warmly funny lines and its not even five minutes into the ride when you sit back and sink into the seat, satisfied that the part two is going to deliver as well as part 1 did.