When I heard there was going to be a movie with a panda, and kung fu, and Jack Black, I wasn’t entirely enthusiastic about seeing the film. In fact, I absolutely loathed the idea of even sitting in the theater just to tolerate 90 minutes of it. However, when I sat down, and the movie started, I found myself glued to my seat with the action sequence at the start of the movie, compounded with the astounding realistic display that only The IMAX Experience can bring. It was at that moment I said to myself, Kung Fu Panda might be a decent flick. And sure enough, I was right. Jack Black gave a wondrous performance as the main character, and heightened the level of excitement in a kid's movie so that kids of all ages can really enjoy. Its colorful setting, stylish comedy, phenomenal action scenes, strong subtle message of believing in yourself is a powerful combination that will put you in awe, laugh hysterically, cheer in excitement, and lift your spirits.
Jack Black plays
Shifu’s master Oogway – Randall Duk Kim prophesizes the evil
Tai Lung – Ian McShane, will escape prison to steal the Dragon Scroll. It is then Oogway must choose a new Dragon
Warrior to fight off Tai Lung and save the village. Of course, everyone expected one of the
Furious Five to be chosen, but to the people’s dismay, Po drops in in the midst
of Oogway choosing a Warrior, and he chooses
There wasn’t a lot of focus on the Furious Five. In fact, there was minimal interaction between them and the other characters. For such big name actors like Jolie, Rogen, Chan, and Liu, I would have presumed more lines in the movie. It looks like these characters were kept reserved purposely. I think there interaction in the film was just enough to wet the palate, and satisfy you. The Furious Five did have a kick ass fight scene against Tai Lung. They were at a bridge crossing when Tigress and Tai Lung started of the action sequence, then the other 4 jump in and helped. At first, they were successful in keeping Tai Lung across the bridge, but he manages to swing across, and nerve pinches all of them frozen. You know what I’m talking about, that 1070’s kung fu master type pinch that immobilizes your opponent. That’s right, I went back to the 70’s. BRUCE LEE FO’ LIFE BITCHES!!!!!
In the end, it all leads up to the final fight between
There is not much that is bad about Kung Fu Panda. The Tai Lung escape scene from prison was awesome. The way he used the feather to pick the lock and his kung fu skill to fight off all the prison guards. The entire scene flowed without flaw.
The fight scene between the Furious Five, and Tai Lung had me strapped to my seat. Tigress rushes onto the bridge and holds her own against Tai Lung. Not too long after, she starts to lose her fight, and the other 4 rush in to help. With the effort of all 5 teammates, they were able to temporarily defeat Tai Lung. However, he was able to swing across and immobilize the Furious Five.
The message of not giving up and believing in you makes Kung Fu Panda one of the best cartoon movies of all time.
The sheer fact that Dreamworks blessed us with an IMAX version of Kung Fu Panda, heightened the joy of watching the movie to new levels. It was visually stunning and aurally immersive watching this CGI masterpiece on the giant screen. If you truly want to experience Kung Fu Panda in all its glory, then definitely, absolutely see it in IMAX. No small screen will do.
The comedic interaction between Jack Black, and Dustin Hoffman, were treasured moments. Never would I have thought these two would make such a great team. The banter going back and forth was almost as classic as Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy. If Black and Hoffman ever do a movie together, I’ll be the first one on line.
The final fight scene between
My winner is the training scene between Shifu and
As far as I’m concerned, the training scene is the best scene of the entire movie.
There isn’t much in terms of a bad here. If I had to pick on one thing, it would have been a love interest. To keep cliché and make a movie rounded, a love interest would have been a good idea. As you can see, I’m not emphasizing much, just a love interest.
The fact that I didn’t get Al Roker’s autograph or picture. The man sat 5 rows down from me, and I even spoke to him. But did I get a picture? OH HELL NO!!!!...that’s how dumb I am!
Really, if you can, try to catch Kung Fu Panda in IMAX. Though you'll enjoy the movie in normal
theaters regardless, The IMAX Experience will put you alongside
A great way to tell if a movie is fabulous….check out the seats. If you see a bunch of kids fidgeting and looking restless, that’s your signal the flick is boring as hell. A great movie is a movie that can hold the attention span of any child or adult. You find kids in their seats quiet, you will find a great movie. I found a great movie, Kung Fu Panda!
I’m giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s been Krush Tested, TOV Approved!