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May 27, 2011

Ready, steady, Po

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 10:30 pm

May 27, 2011

Cast: Voices of Jack Black, Gary Oldman, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Jack Black returns as the voice of mighty martial-arts panda Po in Kung Fu Panda 2, the sequel to that 2008 animated gem. After establishing himself as the Dragon Warrior by vanquishing the evil Tai Lung and retrieving the Dragon Scroll in the earlier film, the new adventure involves Po’s search for his identity, and his quest for inner peace. He’s pitted against an evil peacock named Lord Shen (voiced by Gary Oldman) who killed his parents when he was a baby, and who is now threatening to conquer China using a fiery canon that will all but end the ancient art of kung fu.

Naturally Po’s accomplices in this showdown against Lord Shen are the members of the Furious Five, and much of the fun and inventiveness of this film comes from the teamwork between them. Po himself is the star of the show, and those who enjoyed the earlier film will be happy to know there are still plenty of jokes about Po being fat, lazy and constantly hungry. In fact, the very first time we see him in this film, he’s accepted a challenge to stuff 40 buns in his mouth.

The action scenes are bigger and better than the last time, and the animation itself is exceptional in terms of textures and lighting. Flashback sequences unfold in rich, comic-book style, and a climatic sequence in which Po dodges deadly canon-balls is the most visually arresting set-piece you’ve seen in an animation film recently.

But Kung Fu Panda 2 is also a film with heart. There are touching scenes between Po and his adoptive father, and an important message in the end: that inner peace can be attained only by confronting the past, then letting go of it.

A very worthy sequel to the first film, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a treat for animation lovers. I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for this return to awesomeness!

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

15 Comments »

  1. “Jack Black returns as the voice of mighty martial-arts panda Po in Kung Fu Panda 2, the sequel to that 2008 animated GEM”

    how can i it be a gem if you gave it 3 stars out of five

    seriously gem movies can only be 4 and above ones
    or do you admit you underrated the previous installment?

    Comment by shashank bapat — May 27, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

  2. Kung Fu Panda2… unexpectedly entertaining than the first part… truly mad to fall in love with innocence again!!! I watched it this morning and a day that begins with laughter is truly a day lived to the fullest.. in a very long time i laughed my lungs out and jaws actually hurted..

    I’m sure Kung fu panda were made with a lot of inner peace and its definitely not an accident 🙂 😛 😀

    Its truly said there is no age to turn a kid again and simplicity and hardwork wins over any drama in the world..

    I’m in love with Poooo… Awesomeness to the core..

    Loved it

    Comment by Shradha Jain — May 27, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

  3. @Shashank Bapat

    How can be u so dumb and naive

    read properly, Mr. Masand has called the 1st part as GEM not this one…huh.,.

    Common Sense, So Not Common

    Comment by Aryan — May 28, 2011 @ 1:35 am

  4. my son is five and he loved part 1 so much tht we have watched it several time.

    now ready for po 2.

    Comment by mallik — May 28, 2011 @ 2:56 am

  5. Really enjoyed this movie. excellent stuff.

    Comment by amit — May 28, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

  6. I liked the movie very much but the thing that really struck me was the awesome use of 3D which was killer instinctive!! It is a seriously nice sequel to the earlier and only adds to the awesomeness!!Kuddos!!

    Comment by Anisha — May 29, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

  7. @aryan

    you seriously have got some problem buddy

    i was referring to the first part only

    i wrote “3/5 stars”…had i been referring to the 2nd part i would have said “3.5/5”

    you weak at math or what?

    Comment by shashank bapat — May 29, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

  8. @aryan
    i was referring to the 1st part only
    i wrote “3/5 ad not “3.5/5”
    you weak at math or what?

    Comment by shashank bapat — May 29, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

  9. Its been a long time since i enjoyed a movie so much. I don’t think this movie deserves anything less than 4 stars. It has all the right ingridients and its better than the other crap playing in theatres these days.

    Comment by Akshay — May 30, 2011 @ 12:30 am

  10. I love Kung fu panda. After all, its one of the top 10 animated movies!

    Comment by Amal Mattew — May 31, 2011 @ 8:27 am

  11. xcllnt movie ..

    Comment by kaalesh — June 2, 2011 @ 1:02 am

  12. Anks Movie Review: “Kung Fu Panda 2” (3/5) – Guess this is the season of sequels… well the movie is good, but yes ofcourse is not as great as original one. It was funny and plot well built but it was missing the essence of great movie. May be a DVD watch.

    Comment by Ankesh — June 4, 2011 @ 1:42 am

  13. I am Freaking…………………….IN

    Awesomeness

    Please Don’t rate Animations because they are best

    Comment by priyabrata — June 5, 2011 @ 12:09 am

  14. Awesommeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

    Comment by Rahul Sengupta — June 5, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

  15. This One’s Good But the first part was more funnier………It had more funnier dialogs & situations……And also some wisdom type situation between Tai long and Shifu……ANd Po with Others……dis 2nd part is more darkar….kind of more serious movie…….. fun is definitely missing………. but overall good entertainment and a good movie….. 3 stars

    Comment by Soumya — June 10, 2011 @ 5:52 am

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