If you need an excellent family film to see this Memorial Day or any day, then Kung Fu Panda 2 is it.
Jack Black returns as Po, the lovable panda from the first film. This time, Po has been busy working alongside the Furious Five; Tigress, Monkey, Viper, Mantis and Crane keeping the valley safe from bandits and other evil.
Upon learning that Lord Shen has developed a weapon that can defeat Kung Fu, the Dragon Warrior and the Furious Five travel to a distant city to end Lord Shen’s quest for dominance over China and protect Kung Fu.
This will not be easy however, for along the way Po begins to question himself and his origins. Haunted by visions from a past he does not remember, Po becomes unfocused and more like the Panda he was. Not the Dragon Warrior he is.
In order to successfully stop Lord Shen, Po must come to terms with his past and find inner peace.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is as entertaining as the first film, however the story could have used a little more depth because it is difficult to truly empathize with Po and his lost memories. Still, the film provides many moments of laughter and excitement, which is really why most of us go to see it anyway.
Also returning to the film are: Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross in their roles as Master Shifu and the Furious Five. Michelle Yeoh, Jean–Claude Van Damme, Gary Oldman Dennis Haysbert, and Danny McBride lend their voices too.
Go see Kung Fu Panda 2. At the very least you’ll be entertained. At most, you find inspiration to gain inner peace.
Imagine that you are twelve years old, you have just moved to a foreign country with your parents and some of the local kids decide they do not like you and start beating you up and humiliate you at school. That is the exact problem that Dre Walker has after he and his mother move to China in The Karate Kid.
Superbly played by Jaden Smith, Dre Walker finds himself in a completely foreign city and a culture with which he is unfamiliar and bullies who know Kung Fu that keep beating him up.
With help from an aging maintenance man named Mr. Han, Dre is rescued from the bullies. The two of them go to the Kung Fu school to ask that the bullies who are students there leave Dre alone. The instructor at the school suggests that Dre spar with each of them, but Mr. Han instead offers for Dre to compete at the Kung Fu tournament and the instructor accepts.
We then join Dre and Mr. Han, who is portrayed by Jackie Chan as they become teacher and student. As Dre trains with Mr. Han, he begins to change from a scared little boy to a young man who is strong both physically, spiritually and mentally.
The Karate Kid sets out to make an impression and does so effectively because it takes us to the heart of the story, telling us that true strength comes from within and by cultivating that strength through treating others right, greatness can be achieved.One of the best remakes that has come out this year and one of the few that is somewhat better than the original.