Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda ★★★★★

I feel like an eight-year-old kid every time I watch Kung Fu Panda, one of my all-time favorite DreamWorks films. Unlike a majority that tends to rely on pop-culture humor over storytelling, this one tones down the humor to brilliant slapstick and is able to mix in with a surprisingly dramatic angle at times. The animation is jaw-dropping, the action sequences blow my mind (yes even the slapstick-inducing climax), Jack Black's performance as Po was a perfect match, the music is epic, and while its villain is a little underwhelming, the plot point where he was raised by Shifu and treated like a son made for some heartfelt, tragic moments. As a whole, this is easily Top 3 DreamWorks, one that knows its storytelling and wows us with the payoff.

"The Furious Five! You're so much bigger than your action figures! Except you, Mantis. You're about the same."

Direction: 10/10
Writing: 9/10
Cast and characters: 9/10
Production values: 10/10
Animation: 10/10
Editing: 10/10
Depth: 9/10
Music: 9/10
Rewatchable: 10/10
Overall: 10/10


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