Starring (voice): Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, J.K. Simmons, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Bryan Cranston, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong
The Kung Fu Panda is back in its third installment and promises to reflect more of the first movie and perhaps forget about the disasters of part 2. Somewhere, the makers realised that there were some good elements in the first movie that needs to continue to live on in the series if it needs to be more relevant. It’s as if the second part never even existed. Po (Black), the dragon warrior, along with the Furious Five consisting of Tigress (Jolie), Crane (Cross), Mantis (Rogen), Monkey (Chan) and Viper (Liu) keep the village safe from unusual elements. Meanwhile, in the spirit realm, Kai has been defeating various Kung Fu masters and has been collecting their chi. He now wants to defeat Master Oogway (Kim) and take his chi and return to the mortal world. Oogway let’s him have his chi because he forsees Kai’s downfall at the hands of Po, the dragon warrior. However, in order to truly defeat Kai, Po needs to become a Kung Fu master himself and this can only be done if he starts teaching Kung Fu and eventually learns how to control his chi. The movie is exceptional in its animations and special effects. Watch it in 3D and it will be like you have gone in a whole new dimension. It has to be one of the best animations and 3D effects I have probably ever seen till date. The movie’s story too is very gripping and tries to take you deep in the world of Chinese traditions and Kung Fu. It may not be true at all but it is still very interesting and involving. Like I said, the movie seems like a direct continuation to the first movie and does a good job in living up to the reputation. A fantastic and highly recommended watch.
Thumbs up: Amazing 3D and special effects
Thumbs down: Some parts have forced humour that breaks the motion of the movie