Mini-Rental Review: Kung Fu Panda

I watched two movies again last night, both of which had Jack Black in them and both of which featured pandas getting beaten up. One of them was DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda.

Here’s the movie’s official site, which is where I got the graphic on the left; it has some cool wallpaper and stuff if you’re into that.

This movie surprised me. It was cute, without being cutesy, and the main character wasn’t a caricature of chubby people. And no one’s perfect here either, but there’s definitely good guys and bad guys, which is the way I usually like it.

The dialogue was excellent and Po, the titular panda, was surprisingly endearing.

Part of it was probably because he reminded me of my friends, who are big fans of anime, Neil Gaiman and various other fantasy/sci fi stuff. Po the panda is a big fan of the Furious Five, a band of kung-fu fighters who are notoriously awesome in their awesomeness, and when he gets to meet them he’s… pretty much just like any other fan.

The Furious Five (including voices by Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan) aren’t too pleased with him at first, but Po’s enthusiasm proves contagious as he trains to become the legendary Dragon Warrior and defeat the wicked snow leopard Tai Lung.

I knew this was going to be a good movie as soon as I heard the first line.

"Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of… legend."