It’s the kind of yummy fun that all age groups will gobble up and burp with satisfaction. With the perfect blend of quirkiness, gags, action and emotional razzmatazz, it’s definitely the most lovable and enjoyable film of the summer. Director Jennifer Yuh sure knows how to keep Po’s fans engaged and pleased.
An interesting bunch of characters are introduced, a special little story is woven around Po’s mysterious past (you didn’t really think his father was a goose right?) and all the hit elements of the first addition are retained. Let’s just say “Kung Fu Panda 2” knows exactly how to rock all our animation loving boats.
This addition sees the emergence of a formidable new villain – Lord Shen, The Peacock, 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? To top it all, Lord Shen also has a Dark connection to Po’s tragic past. Po must now uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength needed to defeat the terrible Lord Shen.
The chemistry between the brilliant new villain – The Peacock (Gary Oldman) and Po is especially enjoyable. They share a sort of wit and repartee that adds a nice edge to their love-hate routine. Gary Oldman voices the scheming peacock with much pizzazz. We see Po’s character evolve as we see new depth added to the character of his father, Mr. Ping (the goose), as well as The Tigress (Jolie). But the other members of The Furious Five hardly go through any evolution as characters. The four remain one dimensional despite stars like Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Seth Rogen voicing them.
But apart from that, it’s near perfect, the effortless Kung Fu sequences, the breathtaking backgrounds and the stunning fireworks. But the cherry on the cake is definitely the exhilarating climax at sea.
Verdict: Like I said, it’s near perfect; it’s a sin to miss it.