Kung Fu Panda 3 3D

Kung Fu Panda 3 3D

(2016)

Grab destiny by the dumplings.

DreamWorks Animation turns the Kung Fu Panda series of awesomeness into a trilogy of awesomeness with this third feature that reunites Po with his long lost father. Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and Dustin Hoffman lend their voices once again along with new stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kate Hudson (Wish I Was Here) and Academy Award-winner JK Simmons (Whiplash).

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The first Kung Fu Panda was a plump dumpling filled with gorgeous oriental artistry, A-grade martial arts animation, and meaty family comedy. The sequel, and I realise I’m one of the very few to say this, was a matured masterpiece. With Kung Fu Panda 3, we’re treated to less of the same, and while that is disappointing, it doesn’t deny this trilogy from being one of the best franchises to come out of DreamWorks Animation Studios.... More

Po (Jack Black) is reunited with this panda father Li (Brian Cranston), much to the annoyance of his jealous Goose father Mr. Ping (James Hong). Po and Ping’s relationship has been both unquestionably funny and unavoidably sweet throughout the series, and this third entry slam dunks that sense of parenthood with Li’s introduction. It’s also good to see the story come full circle with the Dragon Warrior prophecy.

Unfortunately, other areas aren’t so consistent. Po’s nerd-like respect for Kung Fu Legacy doesn’t seem to mean much anymore, especially in a scene that sees him and Li trashing the warrior museum just for fun. And while a pair of God of War yo-yo blades and the voice of JK Simmons make lead baddie Kai look cool and sound menacing, his reasons for world domination are pretty weak compared to Shen’s and Tai Lung’s. He’s not a memorable villain, and the film literally treats that as a joke.

“But hey, it’s a kids film!” I hear ya, and while it isn’t on Toy Story 3’s level, Kung Fu Panda 3 still nails the basics by punching out quality kiddie chuckles, creative set-pieces, art that still amazes, and a storyline that wraps everything up – just not with a bowtie.Hide


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BY silentbob88 superstar

Be warned, I am biased from the start as I loved both the previous outings, and am a ginormous Jack Black fan!! I went to see this with my 6 year old son, and he thought it was spectacular... (as the poor kid had no choice but to watch the first 2 flicks with Dad on Blu-Ray before this outing). This movie has heart and is fun on levels for both parents and kids, (although slightly more aimed at the kid audience) and I think Jack Black and cast are all too aware that parents are coming to see... More this too and offer up some fare and laughs for us too. JK Simmons plays a truly awful baddie with humour too, and his voice is perfectly cast in this role. The story cleverly refers back to events in the first and second films, and can hopefully close as a trilogy!! Fun times!!Hide


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86% of critics recommend.
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  • Lacks the tear-jerking revelations and darker edge that characterized its predecessor. Visually though, it's a candy-colored 3-D treat, from the exquisite sunset that shimmers over the panda enclave to the psychedelia of the spirit world. Full Review

  • Refuses to panda to the lowest common denominator. Full Review

  • A winning lightness of touch prevails in this delightful continuation of the durable DreamWorks franchise. Full Review

  • Rather than the cynical ‘one last grab’ of the series, Kung Fu Panda 3 might actually be the best. Full Review

  • The directors also make sure to let Po stay the charming bumbler he’s always been. That’s what makes him such an earnest, lovable hero. Full Review

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