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Better Than The First and An Awesome Kung Fu Movie
on July 14, 2016
4 Stars. The original writers, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, are back with co-creator and now director, Jennifer Yuh, with a sequel that surpasses the original and won the Academy Award for Best Animation. Working with the established characters, Po (Jack Black), Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), and the Furious Five [Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Crane (David Cross), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Monkey (Jackie Chan)] are back to face a new challenge. Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) is obsessed with power and wiping out the kung fu masters like Master Ox (Dennis Haysbert), Master Croc (Jean-Claude Van Damme), and Master Rhino (Victor Garber). With the use of canons and a wolf army lead by Wolf Boss (Danny McBride), his evil scheme is brought to the attention of Po and Furious Five, as they raid a local city for metal to build more canons. Lord Shen was warned by a fortune teller, Soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh), that he will be defeated by a panda and previously tried to kill all the pandas. Po becomes haunted by flashbacks of his past that hinders his fighting ability. He soon becomes obsessed with learning about his past and seeks Shen our against the advice of his friends. Once the past comes to light, he finds the inner peace that he needs to defeat Shen. Once again the movie brings in a stellar cast and a great storyline that expands on the original. With Po being the only Panda with a mysterious past, they were able to bring in more heart, especially with Mr. Ping who adopted him as a boy. It also has a darker tone, which may have been helped along by executive producer Guillermo del Toro. The ending sets us up the the third one in the series Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), where we know that Po’s parents are still alive. It’s a must see for kids and fans of the kung fu drama, as it stands up to some of the greats.