Kung Fu Panda 2
If you had to choose a mammal to do Kung Fu, a panda does not immediately spring to mind.
This premise is what set the initial fuzzy fighter film apart – being, as it was, a movie about the most unlikely of creatures becoming a martial arts master. It was fun and action-packed, with a knowing wink to the kung fu films of old.
This sequel suffers from being (a) far less fun, and (b) far less fun. An effort to unveil the truth of Po’s (Black) “surprise” adoption and a journey to find his inner peace, the film suffers from an ill-conceived effort to be more mature, becoming far more serious and getting mired in overbearing sentimentality.
There are some nice visual flourishes and it does look beautiful in places, but the animation flair runs dry in the cut-and-paste fight scenes which dominate the second half. Sadly, far from being sheer awesomeness, this panda is more sheer tediousness.
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman