Hilarious movie this one! I’d recommend everyone to watch it for sure. Animation movies have always been entertaining and a source of laughter and giggles. I don’t remember laughing so much in any of the movies I’ve seen. The antics of Po, the main character Panda – voiced by Jack Black – are hilarious and though may seem unreal, are believable. He dreams of being a Kung Fu warrior but instead has to work at his dad’s Noodle shop. Read the plot synopsis here.
His ‘Dad’ is a duck….that reminds you of Daffy Duck and “father-son” chemistry is top notch. Po’s antics take up much of the first half and its not until the middle portion that an ‘awakening’ occurs. He’s taught Kung Fu by Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) with the help of his own weakness – a liking for food. Once he learns the ropes, he becomes a masterclass, if somewhat clumsy, kung fu fighter and is ready to take on the principal villain – Tai Lung.
The “secret” premise in the movie is oft seen – in movies such as Kobbaribondam and Ashwani – true belief in self can make u scale wonders and ultimately, Po managed victory. Animation is top-notch. The kung-fu sequences are adeptly done. Tai Lung’s escape from prison sequence is awesome. some of the fights – the bridge fight between Tai Lung and the Five Warriors – are too quick for the eye but exciting nonetheless.
Jack Black takes all the honours in the voice department. His mannerisms as Po are absolute funny and the dry wit at sometimes is ROFL worthy. Dustin Hoffman is competent as the master with the grim but authoritative voice. One mayn’t really guess the voices of Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan unless the credits are read. The former missing the oomph and the latter, the vivacity. Jolie was much better in Shark Tale. Lucy Liu and Chan have maybe 5 lines between them! Moral-wise, it doesn’t preach anything new but its an absolute paisa-vasool entertainment. I regret I couldn’t watch it in the theatre but am gonna buy the DVD when its out.
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