I’m so glad we have computer generated 3-D movies these days, it’s that technology that allows great films like this to be made with an infinite amount of possibilities to go with it…
Anyway, technology praises aside; Kung Fu Panda is a great film. It’s well written following the story of the unlikely hero Po, a giant panda voiced by Jack Black. Po finds himself current day working at his adoptive father’s noodle restaurant (presuming he’s adoptive given that his father is a duck) while lamenting over his dreams of pursing his true passion of kung fu. From there, the residents of the city Po lives in are summoned to the great kung fu temple for the declaration of the dragon warrior who will be the town’s savior set to face their destroyer Tai Lin.
And the story continues from there…Suffice it to say, it’s a fun and entertaining storyline that plays out predictably in a way that you won’t care about since it’s such a good time. There’s also a very cool and profound philosophical message that permeates throughout the film reaching it’s apex just in time towards the end of the film.
As for the animation, it’s extremely well done with some beautiful scenery of the Orient serving as the backdrop to the great kung fu action. Speaking of which, the fight scenes are well-choroegraphed and again, much fun to watch. One of the things that makes it fun is that they throw in some genuinely cartoony moments mixed in during the fight segments.
There’s some great voice talent involved in addition to Jack Black which includes Angelina Jolie, Ian MacShane, Jackie Chan, David Cross, Lucy Liu and Dustin Hoffman who all do wonderful jobs lending their talents to the animation.
All-in-all nothing to complain about there, Kung Fu Panda is a film that both kids and adults can enjoy.
reviewed by Sean McKnight