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Po the laid back Dragon Warrior is back to defend the Valley Of Peace in Kung Fu Panda 2 delivering his Kung Fu kicking punchlines with a self deprecating humour that is becoming of his well meaning but clumsily delivered persona.
Kung Fu Panda 2 will be a cinema hit in Malaysia with the kids loving all the action packed 3D fight sequences.
Only Angelina Jolie (Tigress) and Dustin Hoffman (Shifu) got any serious screen time, still, it looked good reeling out all those stars at the premier performance in Los Angeles earlier this week.
The highlights of Kung Fu Panda 2 are again the voice of Jack Black playing Po and the deadly tones of the evil Lord Shen played by Gary Oldman. Considering this movie has a Hollywood who's who list of stars doing the voice overs it is surprising how this pool of undoubted talent was so under used.
After the final battles are played out there is another scene with a blatant indication of the direction the third Kung Fu Panda movie will take that guarantees the Panda franchise will live on.
Adding clarity to Po's childhood days allows to build the character but takes away opportunities for further comedic lines from the main star in this movie.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is not as funny as its predecessor as the storyline is bulked up giving the impression it is a platform to release further Panda movies in the future.
From then on the history of these two is unravelled and the build up of the rest of the movie is centred around the fate of the Dragon Warrior Po and his ultimate battle against the tyrannical Lord Shen who has his sights on eliminating kung fu and taking control of all of China.
Lord Shen is a peacock with his own pyschological issues and the evil eyed baddie with a plummage of deadly weapons ascends to a fiendishly despicable apex through the voice of Gary Oldman who brilliantly portrays villains with an ease that has become his hallmark.
The sentimentality affecting Po begins to haunt him as he freezes instead of taking the opportunity to vanquish his deadly opponent Lord Shen in an early scene as he suffers a flashback to his childhood days.
The storyline in Kung Fu Panda 2 is a lot deeper than in the first movie with the Dragon Warrior Panda doing some soul searching as it finally dawns upon Po that he was adopted by Mr Ping his noodle cooking father who liked nothing more than feeding him.
3D movies have the ability to make an audience move around in their seats as the visual can suggest you could be hit, bitten, crash, burn.....but I never flinched once during this movie which suggests that no matter how good the 3D effects were, they could have delivered that little bit more oomph.
What did catch the eye was the graphic attention to detail displaying the Chinese villages and cities with such architectural elegance enhancing the viewing experience in 3D and delivering the extra dimension in a stunning visual style that was very impressive.
One criticism I would have of the fight scenes is that they are played out at super high speed and I just couldn't take in everything that was going on.
Po Kung Fu Panda 2
Well, if it is all action fight scenes that interests you then you will not be disappointed as about 75% of the movie revolves around various battles and the 3D animation is very good in this respect.
On the opening night at Queensbay GSC this movie was only available in 3D and I was quite excited at the thought of the potential this format displaying animated karate chopping kung fu moves should be capable of delivering.
"Kung Fu is dead" leads the portly panda to retort "but I only just got kung fu" and inevitably our noodle munching kung fu kicking hero goes on to fascinate the audience with another comical adventure battling an evil megalomaniac in Kung Fu Panda 2.
I left the cinema thinking if I watched that movie again a further 3 or 4 times I would catch many things that I missed the first time around.
Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Is Not Dead - Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda Image taken from posters
at GSC Queensbay by Michael Joseph
Po Image taken from posters at GSC Queensbay by Michael Joseph

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Kung Fu Panda 2 will be a cinema hit in Malaysia with the kids loving all the action packed 3D fight sequences.

Po the laid back Dragon Warrior is back to defend the Valley Of Peace in Kung Fu Panda 2 delivering his Kung Fu kicking punchlines with a self deprecating humour that is becoming of his well meaning but clumsily delivered persona.

Rating: 3.5
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Kung Fu Panda 2 @ GSC Queensbay Mall:

Golden Screen Cinema, Queensbay Mall, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia

Reservations: +604-222-3456

Kung Fu Panda 2 - What You Should Know

  • Rated: U
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Studio: Dreamworks Animation
  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Directed By: Jennifer Yuh
  • Written By: Glen Berger, Jonathan Aibel
  • Producer: Melissa Cobb, Glen Berger, Jonathan Aibel
  • Production Manager: Jeff Hermann
    Kung Fu Panda 2 - Cast

  • Po: Jack Black
  • Tigress: Angelina Jolie
  • Lord Shen: Gary Oldman
  • Mantis: Seth Rogen
  • Monkey: Jackie Chan
  • Crane: David Cross
  • Viper: Lucy Liu
  • Shifu: Dustin Hoffman
  • Master Croc: Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • The Soothsayer: Michelle Yeoh
  • Master Oxen: Dennis Haysbert
  • Master Thundering Rhino: Victor Garber
  • Mr Ping: James Hong
    GSC Queensbay Information

  • Theatres: 8
  • Seating Capacity: 1512
  • Sound System: SDDS, DTS, SRD
  • Wheelchair Friendly: Yes, all 8 halls
  • Reservation Available: Yes, for GSC members online and at the Queensbay GSC box office
  • Seating: Gold Class, Premier Class and Normal Class
  • 3D Available: Yes