Kung Fu Panda 2

2011 "Prepare for the Year of Awesomeness!"
7.2| 1h31m| PG| en| More Info
Released: 25 May 2011 Released
Producted By: DreamWorks Animation
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Official Website: http://www.kungfupanda.com/
Synopsis

Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

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Jennifer Yuh Nelson

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Lawbolisted Powerful
Matialth Good concept, poorly executed.
Chirphymium It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
Maleeha Vincent It's funny, it's tense, it features two great performances from two actors and the director expertly creates a web of odd tension where you actually don't know what is happening for the majority of the run time.
albunax Althrough this movie isn't as funny as the first one. It has a better plot, more heartwarming, more exciting and better characters. I liked the furios five much more in this movie because here they are important for the plot. Lord Shen is even a better villain than Tai Lung and Gary Oldman do his voice scary, creepy and chilling. This movie is also profound which is rare for a movie from Dreamworks. The animation is also slighty better.
Tweekums A prologue explains how a peacock named Shen's family were the city's ancestral rulers of Gongmen City but his parents exiled him after he massacred the pandas because a soothsayer told him one would thwart his ambition to rule china. Now he has taken the city by force, using cannon to defeat the kung fu masters would had protected it.After the events of the previous film the panda Po has been accepted as the legendary Dragon Warrior but his training is far from over; before he can truly be a master he must find inner peace. After his first clash with Shen's forces he starts recalling his past and realises that the goose who raised him wasn't his actual father. When word of what happened in Gongmen gets out he, and the 'Furious Five' must go there and defeat him; if they are to prevail Po must come to terms with his past.This sequel is a lot of fun; I'm sure anybody who enjoyed the opening instalment in the franchise will enjoy this too. There is lots of enjoyable, well animated martial arts action and plenty of humorous moments; frequently at the same time. It is fun seeing the established characters again, if anything it is more fun than before as they have become friends. Shen is a fine antagonist; the backstory we are shown at the start of the film gives him a touch of King Herod as he attempts to eliminate the pandas because one is foretold to defeat him… of course as with all such prophecies it is ultimately correct. The animation is impressive with great looking backgrounds and nice character designs. Overall I'd certainly recommend this to those who enjoyed the first film.
Rupert Munn Whilst not quite as well-balanced as the first film (perhaps because of the greater emphasis on spectacular action throughout - the the story doesn't build quite as effectively), this is such an entertaining film. It is stunningly beautifully animated, especially in its set pieces, which are even more ambitious than the first film. The music is once again wonderfully atmospheric. Whilst it would have been nice to see a little more character development from characters other than Po, this might have over complicated matters, and the film relies, quite rightly, on its slickness and pace to ramp up the drama. The story itself is well crafted, the villain excellent, and the finale is, strange though it may be to say it, one of my all-time favourite pieces of cinema. It is exciting, moving, and amusing in one explosive great cocktail (or should I say peacocktail?) A film I never get tired of watching - superb entertainment.
Christopher Shobris One thing that DreamWorks does well (with the exception of Shrek the Third) is sequels. They prove time and time again that they are very legit company in many cases, does better then its animated counterparts. Kung Fu Panda 2 is no exception as it seems the franchise is well at hand. After the incredible year of 2010 for DreamWorks after the cultural success of How to Train Your Dragon, and ending a great franchise (Shrek) they follow that year up with this. The movie's strengths are found within the story, not that its unique, but the secret ingredient found within. The secret ingredient is heart. Its not totally comedic as one would expect, but in the middle they tweak the film's tone with heart and emotion. This is what a proper sequel should do, taking the story and making it more then what we'd expect. Is this film a rehash from the last? Well, not really it offers new elements, especially to Po's character. The other characters are still they're same likable selves. In this however they really showcase the relationship growing between Po and Tigress which is the most unique and pleasurable relationship. The next thing is the villain voiced by Gary Oldman. He is the most interesting and menacing out of the villains so far. And that's hard to make a peacock menacing, and they did it like pros. Now the negative I have is what I said before, with the story not being unique and refreshing, but that's a slight error as the film makes up with heart. So a very small negativity. As a whole this film is one of DreamWorks' best. Now to grade. Animation: A Voice Acting: A- Story: C+ Music: B+ Characters: A+ Overall: B+