Movie Review: KUNG FU PANDA 2 directed by Jennifer Yuh

by Kevin Bowen on May 27, 2011

in Film

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PACKED WITH ACTION, BEREFT OF LAUGHS

Kung Fu Panda 2 breaks new ground in the history of cinema.  Everyone knows you can’t use 3-D in the second movie in a series. You have to wait until the third one.

Breaking the 3-D sequel custom appears to be Panda’s lone innovation. Otherwise, this is one of the laziest sequels that you could imagine. Take a lovably clumsy warrior panda, add some daddy issues with a long-necked father goose, and mount the latest chapter of the epic eternal struggle between panda and peacock. Arm the peacock with a cannon that shoots Happy Fun Ball to devastating results. Add sweet and sour sauce. Steer the story by that very famous Chinese proverb, “Give them more of the same.”

What worked for the first film was its touch at spoofing kung fu and action films. In between the animated action were light moments that sent up the silliness of the genres that inspired it. In this sequel, such moments are few.  This is a more straightforward action cartoon with less comedy (or, at least, with less comedy that works).

My favorite part of the film? The part where the film stopped, the lights came on, and we found out we were in the middle of a tornado warning. Now that was an innovation. Unfortunately for you, I don’t think your screening will include that part. But if you are stuck in there, you might pray for some nasty weather.

kevinbowen @ stageandcinema.com

Kung Fu Panda 2
rated PG
now playing nationwide

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