Friday, June 10, 2011

Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 2

It seems like martial arts movies, particularly kung fu movies, have never been as popular anywhere in the world than in the Philippines. Most especially among the guys, martial arts movie stars like Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan, among others, have become inspirations for some Filipino men’s machismo image. As for me, I’ll admit I’m not much of a fan of martial arts films. They don’t appeal to me much unless the movie is breaded with humor and comedy. That’s the only time I find delight in watching them.

Among the very few kung fu movies I enjoyed watching was Kung Fu Panda. The comic clumsy character of Po perfectly matched the personality of Jack Black. I’ve see many Jack Black movies and I enjoyed every single one of them.


When my wife was invited to watch the premier screening of Kung Fu Panda 2, I looked forward to watching it with her. Unfortunately the invites were limited so I wasn’t able to tag along. It’s a good thing one of her PR friends gave her free Ayala Mall movie passes a week after so I brought three of my kids to Glorietta 4 last weekend. Since the boys saw the film already (courtesy of another screening sponsored by HP Philippines), they chose to see another movie while I went to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 all by myself in peace and without interruptions.

Along with the new twists in the story, I was glad to see the Furious Five again with their individual Kung Fu style moves plus new animal characters in the movie animatedly brought to life by the voices of popular movie stars like Jean Claude Van Damme, Gary Oldman and Michelle Yeo.

In part one, there were certain unsettled differences that surrounded Po’s personal past and which were finally reconciled in the sequel. Po’s personal conflict was also resolved when he discovered his inner peace that consequently became his ultimate weapon in defeating the enemy.

At the end of the film, audiences were treated with a sneak peek. There’s an open-ended scene that will surely raise everybody’s anticipation for more panda action soon.
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