Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2

Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. 3.2 out of 5 based on 17 reviews
Kung Fu Panda 2

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Genre Family / Children
Director Jennifer Yuh
Cast Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross Jack Black
Studio Paramount Pictures UK
Release Date June 2011
Running Time 96 mins
 

Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.

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Reviews

Empire Magazine

Angie Errigo

The excellence of the voice cast is matched with absolutely breathtaking, epic landscapes and gorgeous sets in an eclectic, computer-generated mix of animation styles and techniques … A richer plot, life lessons and loving Chinese cultural references rendered by turns sweet, scary and charming, with yet more fantastical kung fu, make this an engaging winner. Stunning visuals make it real art as well.

01/06/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

As funny-animal cartoons go, Kung Fu Panda 2 tells a surprisingly weighty tale of fate and self-discovery – not quite The Godfather: Part II, but up there with The Empire Strikes Back in the pantheon of superior sequels about characters with father-son issues. Mainly, though, the film is an action-packed romp, its gloriously choreographed slapstick suggesting that the director has been studying her Buster Keaton and Marx Brothers DVDs, as well as every Jackie Chan movie ever made.

12/06/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

The story, written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, is pretty standard childhood fare — believe in yourself, family is what you make it, watch out for peacocks. It's the 3-D animation, under the spell of director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, that's such a surprise … this is the first movie in a long time that you won't mind paying for the glasses because what's on the screen is multidimensional magic.

26/05/2011

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The Daily Mail

James O'Brien

It’s derivative, predictable and, with the exception of Lord Shen and Tigress, the supporting cast is mostly two dimensional. But a knowing script, beautifully bright animation and a truly towering effort from Black combine to create a cracker of a family film.

09/06/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

The whole film deserves close attention and repeat viewings. It’s laced with so many subtle details and delicate sight gags … The law of Hollywood franchises guarantees that this dumpling-loving, staff-wielding panda is going to be around for a while to come. So long as Jennifer Yuh Nelson gets herself a new set of screenwriters that’s more than fine with me.

09/06/2011

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Total Film

Richard Jordan

Bigger and better than the original, Panda 2 skilfully avoids the curse of the sequel with wit, flair and a 3D paw to the face.

26/05/2011

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Time Magazine

Richard Corliss

…the lingering impression is of a perfunctory sequel — one made not to enrich the story or characters but because the first one made a bundle. It's called franchising, folks, and a "new" KFP has all the nourishment of another batch of KFC.

25/05/2011

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

…a solid slice of summer entertainment: forgettable, perhaps, but plenty of fun while it lasts.

09/06/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

...an irresponsible parent could enjoy a mid-way nap or drink without losing the plot. Kung fu does, after all, get a bit samey. Just a tip. But back to the review. I reckon small children will be massively entertained by Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3-D.

10/06/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

That this baddie’s killer weapon is gunpowder is a further example of the franchise’s shameless readiness to mix every last emblem of ancient Chinese culture into its Hollywood version of an eastern mythological world ... And, while we’re on the subject of Chinese culture being appropriated, let it be said that the film’s pop-chinoiserie visuals are handsome in their way, and again an improvement on the earlier film. What prevents the sequel from reaching another level is that Po’s personality remains a cliché .

12/06/2011

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The New York Times

A. O. Scott

[This sequal] accomplishes the depressingly familiar mathematical trick of being both more and less than its predecessor … all in all, “Kung Fu Panda 2” is about what you would expect, and its audience is likely to settle for it in the absence of a compelling alternative. (“I’ve seen hundreds of movies that were better than that one,” said my 7-year-old screening companion, as if reading my mind.)

25/05/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

Is this plot a comment on China's current policy of buying up the world's mineral wealth? Possibly. But the movie is more concerned with psychology than politics in the way it sees Po and Shen as shaped by troubled childhoods and Oedipal problems. There is religion, too, in its re-enactment of Herod's massacre of the innocents.

12/06/2011

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The Scotsman

Siobhan Synnot

NOT the most exciting of movie titles, is it? But it does deliver on its promise: this is indeed a sequel containing an ursine martial artist – Dreamworks could only be more blunt about their product if they had called it "Movie For The Long Summer Holidays Which Allows You All To Get Out Of The House And Not Talk For 90 Minutes".

07/06/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

[Kung Fu Panda 2] depends less on its well-paid voices than on computer animation which is bright and inventive throughout: 3D aerial views of the battle of Gongmen City vie with sets, costumes and misty landscapes so carefully constructed they look real. Just as well since Po's voyage of self-discovery is a trifle hard to take at the end … and sentimentality is never very far away.

10/06/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

…it's a great-looking animation and a nice entertainment, though targeted at a younger audience, without the extra level of adult sophistication. Of course, there doesn't need to be this extra level: perhaps audiences are sick of wiseacre quasi-adult material in family animations, but I felt that Kung Fu Panda 2 was essentially gentle, like the last film.

09/06/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Strong points are the voicework (particularly Oldman's petulant peacock), some daft stunts (the kung-fu five disguised as a Chinese dragon) and the scenic backdrop, projected in the inevitable 3D. But it drops points for a narrative that overstretches by at least 20 minutes. Kids will love it, though, and parents won't be savagely bored.

10/06/2011

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The Spectator

Deborah Ross

…while the animation may be terrific, with its bright palette, fizzing canons and scorching fireballs, I’ll be honest with you and say it just doesn’t interest me. Where is the humour? Where are what I call ‘the twiddly bits’, the incidentals that, if given sufficient care and attention, give a film its heart? Where, in short, is this film’s personality, or even the characters’ personalities, for that matter?

11/06/2011

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