Sunday, April 03, 2016

MovieNotes: Kung Fu Panda 3

Title: Kung Fu Panda 3
*ing: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Bryan Cranston, JK Simmons (all voices)
Language: English
Director: Alessandro Carolini, Jennifer Yuh
Genre: Animation, Martial Arts, China

Basic Premise
In the 3rd installment of the Kung Fu Panda series, we have Po, the Dragon Warrior, having to fight against Kai, who has returned from the spirit realm after having acquired the "chi" of many Kung Fu masters in the spirit and mortal realms. Meanwhile Po has to face a couple of challenges of his own. He needs to become a teacher as Master Shifu is retiring, while he meets up with his real family of Pandas. Together they conquer Kai.

There is an element of sameness in the 3rd installment of the Kung Fu Panda Series, which first hit the screens in 2008. We see Po, more self-confident, yet having doubts about his abilities to face the new challenges. And in the end, Po learns new abilities through his own self-belief and comes out a winner, also increasing Master Shifu's frustrations.

The movie-makers thought that if one cute panda can rake in the millions, wonder what would happen if there was a whole village full of them. So we have pandas in all sizes who are all learning Kung Fu together. If ever there is something called cuteness overdose, this movie is it.

We can't get tired off Po's one-liners. Specially the ones where he begins explaining his line. 

There are many references to the previous two installments in this laugh-riot. Yet, amidst all the hilarity they manage to throw in few life lessons. After all, the biggest question in life is "Who are you?". Quite a big question for a children's movie.

Very surprised that the makers delayed the India release for nearly two months. After all, most franchisee movies get an immediate India release these days. Apparently three more sequels are in the offing. It is fast becoming another of the Hollywood cash-grabs now.

Rating: 7/10. Fun but repetitive. Gives a deja vu feeling of having seen the movie before.

Previously on MovieNotes - Airlift

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