Kung Fu Panda - Wrapped and Ready for Christmas
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Jack Black projects his personality with the intensity of a Broadway star, something that occasionally makes him seem too "big" for the silver screen. It's not that he overacts, it's simply that his stage presence can engulf everything around him. When, however, he trusts the material, he can modulate this potent talent. He wins the audience's goodwill in the first 60 seconds of Kung Fu Panda, thanks to a very funny monologue about the legend of the panda warrior, and at no point in the rest of the movie does he or anyone else do anything to detract from those feelings. Kung Fu Panda lives up to Howard Hawks' old adage that a successful movie is three good scenes and no bad ones. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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Now I went on my iPad and did all the steps and hit play and said it was invalid. What!?
BUT then I realized you need AMAZON APP in order to watch. So the app is free and then boom. Problem solved.
So for people bashing this, try downloading the app and see if it helps. Worked for me.
And, then, a momentous day, a game-changing day! Time has come to choose, from the masses, the mighty Dragon Warrior - him what's destined to open the dragon scroll and so obtain the secrets of the universe and fulfill an ancient prophecy. Well! Po, giddy fan boy, cannot miss out on such a pivotal martial arts spectacle. He attends on the pretense told his goose dad that he's gonna sell noodly goods.
There has to be dramatic conflict, and it comes two-fold. More immediate is the tense interplay between Po and his reluctant martial arts instructor, his sifu, him what can't believe fate had chosen as the Dragon Warrior a fat, bungling, graceless, dumpling-scarfing panda. Lurking initially in the backdrop is the sub-plot of the malevolent snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane), held in torturous confinement these past twenty years, but not for much longer. Some background on the big bad: Tai Lung, martial artist supreme, harbors a seething mad-on for his teacher. See, Tai Lung had considered himself the ideal candidate to be the Dragon Warrior. His teacher begged to differ. D'you ken how Tai Lung and Po's paths converge?
Kung Fu Panda showed out in 2008 and, eight years later, its life lessons still apply. A type of gentle humor abounds; it'll tickle the young uns' fancy and amuse the wrinklier persons. Po is the centerpiece, and he' so cute and affable, and an ungainly panda learning kung fu is simply a delightful conceit. Someone smartly reined in Black's excesses, and so what we get is voiceover work that integrates well with the visuals. Po consistently exhibits this disarming sense of wonder and of discovery, and this goes a long way into making him so rootable. But he's not the only attraction. It's a cavalcade of celebrity voices, with Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Dustin Hoffman (Sifu), Lucy Liu (Viper), David Cross (Crane), and Seth Rogen (Mantis) adroitly filling up the spaces around Black.
Don't sleep on the action beats for they are dope, flawlessly rendered by wicked good CG animation. The martial arts sequences are handled with dynamic choreography and strewn with deft comic flourishes. At one point I was rendered giddy by a dizzyingly staged training skirmish between Po and his sifu waged with chopsticks and keying in on one lone surviving dumpling. I wager to brag that that scene qualifies as one of the most inspired sequences in martial arts cinema, let alone in cartoondom. And the life lessons I touched on earlier? I love it when movies don't serve up their messages in heavy-handed fashion. Kids will organically pick up on what this movie imparts: the importance of self-worth, that ain't no secret to greatness besides faith in oneself. Who needs a dumb dragon scroll?
With seven thousand reviews already posted, I'm not even going to try to add some sparkling analysis or point out some hidden symbolism. It's just a really enjoyable film.
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Great graphic can't stop from watching. one of the funniest movies right there!