This is my first “gotta see this again” film of the summer (which I am doing this weekend–Dez and I got into a sneak peek last Saturday). Kung Fu Panda 2 falls into the better than the original category. It is a funny, heart touching, visually beautiful and satisfying story. At the end of the screening there was thunderous applause–I love when that happens!
What I loved about the original is magnified in the sequel. The humor. Subtle and quick. Jack Black was born to voice Po–he is awesome! And the Furious 5 rock! (and yes…Po and I have the same favorite word!) The action. Double here–great backgrounds to cool fight sequences. The villain. Again, they nail it. Gary Oldman is (as always) fantastic. And the heart. As in the first, there is a deeper lesson–moral–whatever you want to call it–but it adds depth to the characters and the story. I LOVED IT!!
I am thinking Dreamworks is giving Pixar a run for the money, with How to Train Your Dragon and now this…it is nice to see some real competition. Keep up the Awesomeness!
So this weekend–kick back–remember our soldiers–and go get Kung Fu-ed!
Happy Memorial Day!
[Side note: I can not seem to get excited about Cars 2–I am afraid it will have to be extremely awesome to beat KFP2]