Review: Kung-Fu Panda 3

Kung-Fu Panda 3

Kung-Fu Panda 3

Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation
Duration: 95 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 01-APR-2016

Plot:
When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas.

Overall Review:
Skadoooosh. Its a HAT-TRICK for Po & Co. The third installment of Kung-Fu Panda is immaculately designed and crafted, with a story that is infinitely appealing. The movie takes off in continuation from the second part and Po is ready for next level of training from student to teacher.  The best thing about this trilogy is that Po never settles for a level, he constantly keeps on learning things the fun and happy way. In the first installment he learned that there’s no secret recipe, self belief is what that makes us special. In the second installment he learned about the inner peace and that was the only way to gain the energy form to destroy the evil who vanished his parents. In the current installement, he learns a lot about the life, finds a lot of pandas like him living in a remote village & more. Kung Fu Panda 3 brings Po’s story to such an effective and naturally heartwarming finish and delight to watch. It’s a must watch for all ‘Po’ fans. His own way of saving the world and being the dragon warrior will stun yet again in a very grand and spectacular way.

Performance & Technical Review:
The cast are as charismatic as ever and it is wonderful to see them in action once again. The talented Jack Black reprises his role as Po for the final time. As do all of the members of the Furious Five, Randall Duk Kim (as Master Oogway), Dustin Hoffman (as Master Shifu), and James Hong (as Mr. Ping/Po’s adopted father). Joining the cast is Bryan Cranston (as Li/Po’s biological father) and several other new panda characters. Cranston and Hong give riveting performances as two fathers that don’t want to lose their son and are easily the shining stars of the film. Movie boasts some of the brightest, liveliest computer animation in recent memory. The animated sequences inspired by traditional Chinese artwork are sensory heaven and is crisp and colorful. The director duo Yuh Nelson and Carloni bring a graceful beauty to the new movie’s landscapes, which include the pandas’ secluded mountain village and a large farm where Kai stages one of his many dramatic entrances. The soundtrack enhances the experience without overshadowing the action- which, by the way, is better than ever.

PDF Verdict:
Kung Fu Panda 3 is a perfectly pleasant, humorous, entertaining and visually beautiful animated flick. Ultimately, movie leaves us a message: this is a story about having the courage to live up to one’s potential — a potential one might not know one had. “I like who I am,” Po says. “You don’t even KNOW who you are,” Shifu replies. It’s a conversation we could all have with our kids. Ideally, we’d soften it with some wit and a whole bunch of dumplings. It’s a perfect wrap-up to the tale of Po and his journey of self-discovery but it’s also good enough to make us hunger for just a little more of the same.

Overall Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
CGI: 5 on 5

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