☆ Sophie ☆’s review published on Letterboxd:
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'Kung Fu Panda' is an unexpectedly enjoyable and fun movie. One of the best comedy movies I've seen, this animation feature is both packed with action and intelligent at the same time. It's yet another variation on "You can do anything if you believe in yourself" and carries strong morale and educational message. But the way it's done, the incredible visual side of the story, as well as the dialogs, is just amazing. You can't but love the fat Panda boy who's dreaming about being the greatest warrior of all China only to wake up to the reality of having to serve noodle soup in his father's shop. Hans Zimmer and John Powell team up and create a heartfelt and badass score for 'Kung Fu Panda'. The music is fun and memorable and compliments the movie so well. It's one of my favorite Dreamworks scores.
This film is a cute animated comedy that also inspires lessons in life. The audience can relate to people who have dreams of doing the impossible, just as Po. Po ultimately learns that if he believes in himself, he can do anything. Jack Black (Po) and Dustin Hoffman (Shifu) voices were just right for their parts, and the chopstick fight between them is fantastic. Ian McShane (Tai Lung) was also excellent as the villain, and his battle sequence on the rope bridge is spectacular. This film is for the whole family because adults will enjoy the movie just as much as their children—definitely one of Dreamworks' better movies.