I've seen a quite a few films directed/co-directed by women, so here are my top 100 films, loosely ranked and…
Kung Fu Panda 2
Prepare for the Year of Awesomeness!
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. It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.
In terms of storytelling quality, this is basically what The Matrix Reloaded should have been...
Making excellent use of all the ingredients that made its predecessor an instant classic, the follow-up chapter to Kung Fu Panda is another rollicking, ravishing & riveting adventure that lives up to its hype, adds more depth & flesh to the arcs of all reprising characters, further expands the world we dived into in the first film, and is a worthy sequel that even surpasses the original in few aspects.
The story of Kung Fu Panda 2 finds Po now living his fulfilled dream, serving as the Dragon Warrior & protecting the valley with his fellow kung fu warriors whom he once idolised. His latest adventure begins when Lord Shen returns from exile with a fearsome new weapon & has plans of conquering all…
A sombre tale of identity and abandonment. Yes, I am talking about Kung Fu Panda 2.
"My son is alive."
One of the best animated films in the past ten years, if you ask me. Up there with some of Pixar's films even. Bring on Kung Fu Panda 3.
"I'm not freaking out, I'm freaking in!"
Surprisingly impressive for a sequel. The animation is markedly better, not only in the intricacy of its movement (particularly in the fight scenes) but also in the dynamism of its style: directed by Jennifer Yuh, who did the opening scene in the first Kung Fu Panda, this one occasionally returns to the evocative, hand-drawn aesthetic of that dream sequence.
Not quite as seamless as the first (you can tell which actors were only in the studio for a day or two) and some of the emotional beats feel a bit more forced this time around (particularly between Po and Mr. Ping), but the essence of Po and Tigress is maintained rather well, and…
"Kung Fu Panda 2" is one of Dreamworks Animation's best films and a rare case where the sequel is much better than the original. This literally gets pretty well everything an animation and a sequel should get right. It's darker than it's predecessor but it also has a ton of laughs and fun sequences, and it explores the origin story of Po giving him a lot more development. The action sequences are awesome, the animation is absolutely gorgeous, and their are more than a few occasions in this where I teared up a little bit. "Kung Fu Panda 2" has all the humour, action, and bright colours you would expect but it also has a surprising amount of emotion, darkness, and most importantly a huge heart to it. The third film has big shoes to fill.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sequel, not only living up to it's previous entry, but actually secceeds it in almost every way.
There's more action, more comedy, and even more heart.
I enjoyed the first one a lot more than I thought I would - Many have said it before me, and many will say likewise in the future that this is a massive "don't judge a book by it's cover" movie. It looked like a piece of crap from the trailer, and turned out to be surprisingly great. There were, however, some issues that I pointed out. It's first and second acts were much longer than it's third, and it seemed to end with a fairly small climax.…
Not as good as the last one, but still awesome :)
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Why did no one ever tell me how good these movies are?
Almost as surprisingly good as the original. Didn't seem like the kind of movie that needed a sequel, but the filmmakers do a fine job of keeping it from feeling superfluous. Though not as funny as the first one, the visuals are still pretty cool and the plot moves along at an entertaining pace.
Hozta a többi rész színvonalát. Tulajdonképpen jól elszórakoztatott, de mély nyomokat nem hagyott bennem mivel már eltelt pár nap mikor ezeket a sorokat írom és már alig emlékszek a történetre.
There was a moment about half way through Kung Fu Panda 2 where I turned to myself and said, "This movie is perfect." It wasn't hyperbole or anything--it was just eye-raising respect that they were able to improve upon the solid first film.
It was an observation spawn out of a couple of things:
1. I love love the antagonist this time around. Shen, a peacock with a blade feather fetish, has one of the more beautiful fighting styles I've seen animated. While the elegance is expected because he is a peacock, the film gives it enough scenes to really feel fluid and dangerous. Beyond his fighting, he's serious enough to play straight man to Po's absurdities, but is also…
Po is back in a quest to find inner peace and discover where he came from before being adopted. Po continuously sees flashbacks from his days as an infant. Lord Shen, a peacock, is trying to use fire breathing weapons to take over China. Po and the gang must destroy them before Shen does so. The sound is very good throughout. Beautiful sounds of water flowing, rain and thunder in 7.1 audio. Creative fight scenes with variety. The Chinese cultural and music weaved in were great. The animated picture was also wonderful looking as well. I enjoyed the movie. Onto the third...
"I'm not freakin out, I'm freakin in"
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Sound Quality: 4/5
Picture Quality: 5/5
Media Type: Blu-ray
I forgot how this one went down and it's pretty great.
Shen was a fantastic villain. He felt real. I loved him.
The movie was funny and heart warming. Hit all the right notes and had stuff for the kiddos and adults.
The father stuff hit me right in the heart. It definitely made me tear up. Stupid Panda movie making me cry.
I will say, I wish Po would get a new look. He needs some new threads.
I think it's an important movie because it has such a good adoption message.
I fell asleep a lot and I forget the bulk of it from the first time I watched it but I'm guessing that the Panda and his gang of mismatched animal friends beat the peacock and he either goes to prison or dies. If there is an ending other than that then they've really crushed tradition.
movies where the 3D effects were actually excellent and really immersive.