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The movie review of Kung Fu Panda 2
DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 2, released in May 2011, is the sequel to the original released in 2008. This article includes the review of the film along with the plot and cast details, and the film's box office performance in the domestic and international market.
Continuing with the tradition of producing a sequel to a successful film, Hollywood studio giant DreamWorks Animation released the sequel to huge hit Kung Fu Panda (2008) in summers of 2011. The film was aptly titled Kung Fu Panda 2. The film continues with the adventures of Po, the fat panda who is also the dragon warrior, as he battles a new nemesis this time. It features the voice overs of prominent stars like Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and Gary Oldman. The film was released on 26th May, 2011 in both 2D and 3D formats.
Principal characters in Kung Fu Panda 2
Po - Jack Black
Lord Shen - Gary Oldman
Master Tigress - Angelina Jolie
Master Monkey - Jackie Chan
Master Mantis - Seth Rogen
Master Shifu - Dustin Hoffman
Plot of Kung Fu Panda 2
A new threat rises in China as Lord Shen, the exiled heir to Gongmen city ruled by peacock clan, returns to his city after developing firepower and captures it after defeating the steward Master Thundering Rhino. This sounds as a death bell to the ages old Kung Fu as Lord Shen is determined to use the firepower of his cannons to conquer the whole China and eliminate Kung Fu entirely.
Po, now called the dragon warrior by the people of valley, while encountering a bunch of henchmen of Shen, has a flashback of his childhood. This disturbing flashback urges him to ask his father Mr. Ping, a goose about his birth. Mr. Ping then reveals that he had found Po in a radish crate and has no idea about his original parents. Master Shifu, meanwhile summons Po and the furious five, the 5 kung fu masters, and commands them to go to Gongmen city to defeat Lord Shen and save China as well as kung fu. Little does anyone knows that Po and Lord Shen's fates are interwoven and the latter had a played a dark role in former's childhood trauma.
Is Po able to fulfill the prophecy and kill Lord Shen? Is he able to find the reasons behind the turbulent flashbacks? and, is he able to know the fate of his parents? To find the answers to all these questions, you will have to watch the film.
Review of Kung Fu Panda 2
Kung Fu Panda was a commercial and critical success in 2008 and so the bar was raised for the sequel. The filmmakers needed to strike the right balance between comedy, action and philosophical aspects to make the sequel a notch better than the original. The film does fulfill the expectations and the 3D adds zing to the film.
The script is the king yet again as the film is a roller coaster ride from the first scene itself. The comic sequences have been beautifully embedded in the script which is essentially an action entertainer. Action sequences are bigger and better than the original and in 3D they look awesome. The ancient China looks very colourful and beautiful and reflects the efforts put by the animation team in creating it.
The characterization is very sound. The film is much more serious in tone than the original and so many characters get a chance to evolve as the film progresses. Lord Shen, the primary antagonist, is completely different from Tai Lung, the villain in the original. Shen is more cunning and draws his powers through the weapons he has developed. There are a no. of layers in his character. Po's character too goes through an emotional journey as he finds about the early part of his life. Master Tigress too comes to know about the emotional facet to her otherwise robust personality.
The voice overs are excellent. Jack Black is a pure delight as the voice of Po. Gary Oldman, on the other hand, bring the required menace in his voice to give the required edge to the character of Lord Shen. Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and Jackie Chan too are superb in the film.
I would give this film 4 stars out of five. If you get a chance, do savour the experience of watching Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D. You will love it.
Box office performance of Kung Fu Panda 2
In spite being critically acclaimed, Kung Fu Panda 2 couldn't actually set the box office on fire and ended up grossing just around $ 165 million which was less than the original (it had earned in excess of $200 million). Nevertheless, the film was huge success in the foreign market and by the end of its run the film had grossed mighty $663 million in total against its budget of $150 million. It is presently the highest-grossing film directed by a woman.
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