Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie is an example of DreamWorks finally getting the sequel formula right. The movie delivers more laughs, larger scale, finer animation and arguably more heart.
Jack Black returns as the incompetently powerful Po to battle the next stage in warfare that threatens to make kungfu extinct alongside with The Furious Five. The group wages war amidst the beautiful landscape of China in thrilling sequences of combat made in 3D that highlight the evolution of the fighting in the first movie. With newcomer Jennifer Yuh at the helm, backed by the returning talents of writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger along with the full voice cast, Kung Fu Panda 2 movie is the latest animated film to blur the lines between the admiration from adults and kids. Also, the movie brings bang for your buck in 3D.
The story picks up where it has left in the first movie. Now, Po (Black) is living it up as the legendary Dragon Warrior watching over the Valley of Peace and defeat all threats alongside with The Furious Five – Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Crane (David Cross), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), and Viper (Lucy Liu). Then, a new enemy rises in the form of Shen (Gary Oldman) with a deadly weapon threatening to irradiate kung fu. Po and his companions must travel into the heart of China to face off against Shen, but the secret to securing the future lies in Po’s mysterious past.
DreamWorks had listened to the criticism and praise of the original is that the hand-drawn animation taking place in the intro of the first movie is not only back but making a few more appearances throughout. The opening sequences for Kung Fu Panda 2 online are dripping with the fine detail, and while this may be Yuh’s first time being director, she is familiar with the hand-drawn animation as she directed the sequences in the first movie. Another interesting addition is how Po fights alongside the Furious Five. This time, they don’t fight as individual but they work in tandem to disperse foes in interesting combinations making the fights fresh and entertainment.
Unfortunately, not everything in this sequel is better. The movie’s main baddie seem to be a weak part of Kung Fu Panda 2 movie. While Tai Lung was capable of single-handedly defeating the Furious Five, Shen has no such skill. Considering he is a peacock, I had my doubts about his ability to fight. Luckily, they didn’t try to sell him as a powerful fighter but instead as an insidious thinker. That isn’t to say that Shen can’t hold his own at times. Shen uses his metal talons and daggers hidden within his tail, and that gives him an edge. Still, considering the movie is so immersed in fighting, it’s an odd quirk to have your main evil doer rely on something else other than kung fu. Meanwhile, Shen’s wolf henchmen provide worthy opponents to showcase the talents of our kung fu heroes. They also provide comic relief in the sense that they are constantly beat up in humors ways.
As for Po’s past, it is thoroughly explored and sets up nicely for a future movie. Though, that the flashbacks makes his journey isn’t quite as easy to track compared to the first movie. There are also revelations made that will catch many off guard and get them thinking about the various characters we have encountered along the way. Also, having Black voice his flashback parents may be a bad trend in sequels if they go down that route.
The mere fact that Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie makes you want to think back and become retrospective is impressive. For a movie appearing to just be a barrel of laughs on the outside, there is a surprising amount of heart built in. The visual are massive and with the additional dimension making the movie extra stunning. This is one movie I would actually encourage you to see in 3D. Another advance is the humor of the movie. We are ready to believe that Po is a capable fighter, but he is still a klutz. While he is brave, he is also headstrong and often times it is to the detriment of his own body.
Kung Fu Panda 2 movie could have been a quick cash-grab without any soul, but it couldn’t. The movie was a follow-up to a smash success. Having been an outspoken fan of the original, it brings me joy to praise its sequel. With the oddity of improving in every facet except for the antagonist, Kung Fu Panda 2 shows that hard work can pay off and DreamWorks can be trusted to improve on a previous product.