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In Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie, the hero – a roly-poly panda named Po, voiced by the irrepressible Jack Black, undergoes an identity crisis. Brought up by a doting, agitated, noodle-shop-owning goose, Po experiences flashbacks to a traumatic infancy, involving vague recollections of his parents that seem sketched by hand, in contrary to the computer-designed, 3-D images that dominate the film.
As Po tries to work out his issues, Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson from a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, succumbs to its own crippling confusion. The initial Kung Fu Panda released in 2008, was a rowdy, whimsical mix of action, jokiness and sentiment, rose above the kiddie-cartoon mean with its shiny, joyful look and Mr. Black’s unceasingly adaptable charm. The film was also a major enough hit to make it unbelievable that DreamWorks Animation, which ran poor Shrek into the ground, would let it stand still. So the studio picked up this sequel, which achieves the depressingly familiar mathematical trick of being both more and less than its previous entries.
The upside of the “more” is that there is, once again, quite a ton of nice stuff to be amazed at, an extended palette of wit and sometimes gorgeous visual effects. Like the first “Panda” installment — and similar to the intermittently epic “How to Train Your Dragon” — Kung Fu Panda 2 online applies 3-D technology with flair and restraint, adding pop to the action scenes and depth to the landscapes, which bring out an ancient China spun out of candy.
The castles and towns, the mountains and bamboo forests, to say nothing of the beasts that populate this confectionary world, are evidence of an influential, irreverent interest in Chinese artistic traditions. (Hans Zimmer’s score is a witty pastiche that includes some choice ’70s-style chopsocky riffs as well as more stately pseudoclassical swatches.) The film is a define parody of sword- and martial-arts wuxia films, but it also acts as an invitation to young audiences, who may find that Po’s antics have served up an appetite for the more mature pleasures of films like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” or “Curse of the Golden Flower.”
Revenge and bloodshed are featured prominently in many of those films, and also, somewhat strangely, in Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie, The villain, a peacock called Shen (with the credibly sinister voice of Gary Oldman), has not solely usurped the imperial throne, helped by some intimidating, armor-plated wolves. He has also created a campaign of genocide against pandas, an atrocity that reflects in Po’s half-repressed memories. Seems that Po is the only surviving member of his kind, which makes him both the target of Shen’s violence and a perfect agent of righteous vengeance. I say “apparently” due to an unexplained piece of revisionism at the end of the movie ravels that Shen’s panda slaughter was not as extensive as once believed.
Have I spoiled anything? If you are 7, maybe. If not, I have spared you some unpleasing explaining, and let you reassure nervous children in your company that everything will be fine. Everything always is in this type of film, but this one has fun with some unusually dark and triggering element.
Its escalation of evil mixes up the high-spirited sweetness that was the most winning element of the first film. Po’s clumsy, silly eagerness no longer appears quite as interesting now that he is a psychologically scarred warrior. And his action-team unite, drawn from various kinds of animal and celebrity — praying mantis, tiger, monkey, etc; Seth Rogen, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, etc. — do more to crowd the film than to enliven it. On the other hand, an elderly soothsayer voiced by Michelle Yeoh steals every scene she’s in.
So to sum up, Kung Fu Panda 2008 full movie is about what you would expect, and its fans are likely to tune in for it in the lack of a compelling alternative. (“I’ve seen hundreds of movies that were better than that one,” said my 7-year-old screening companion, as if reading my mind.) Earlier, Po’s teacher, talking in the gravelly tones of Dustin Hoffman and performing a cool trick with a drop of water, advises his disciple to find “inner peace.” “Inner piece of what?” Po asks. Of the box office gains for Kung Fu Panda 3 and later sequels, I’d assume.
Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested). The systematic extermination of an adorable species. Or not!