Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 3 will win you over within its first five minutes

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Kung Fu Panda 3 is laden with humour, action and drama, and is as giving as its generously proportioned cuddly hero, Po. Certainly, a must watch

Dramatically, emotionally and most of all visually (we recommend 3D), the third installment of the Kung Fu Panda trilogy will win you over within the first few minutes. It is laden with humour, action and drama, and is as giving as its generously proportioned cuddly hero, Po.

Expectedly, the storyline continues on the lines of perseverance and attainment of self-knowledge, as it did in the last two installments. But the fluid direction of Jennifer Yuh Nelson (who helmed Kung Fu Panda 2) and Alessandro Carloni, keeps it fresh and not once does it fall under the danger of being repetitive.

Storyline

Beginning with a prologue by Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim), straight from the spirit realm, this delightful installment introduces us to the new villain, Kai (J.K. Simmons). An ancient frenemy, Kai, who is a blade wielding yak, attacks the wise old tortoise and many other Kung Fu masters and steals their chi. He hides this stolen energy in emerald amulets to raise a powerful supernatural army.

Once he defeats Master Oogway and gains enough chi to return to the mortal world, his next target becomes the invincible Dragon Warrior: Po.

Kung Fu Panda

While Kai is busy destructing the mortal world, Po (Jack Black) is stuck a personal turmoil. He is torn between the affections of his noodle-peddling foster father, goose Mr. Ping (James Hong), and his long-lost biological dad, Li (Bryan Cranston); who comes to the Valley of Peace to look for his lost son.

In an eagerness to meet his lost family, Po decides to accompany his father to the secret mountain village where his kind now hides and resides, after surviving a genocide (by the Peacock, remember?).

Meanwhile, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and the Furious Five—Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan),Viper (Lucy Liu), Crane (David Cross) and Mantis (Seth Rogen)—stay behind to hold the fort against Kai. However, they are unable to do so and Kai soon finds out where Po has headed off to and follows him to the secret mountain village.

What follows is a short but hilarious sequence where Po teaches the villagers some kick ass Kung Fu (whilst learning to 'be' a Panda); preparing them to fight the chi stealing, Kai.

The (dim) sum factor

As always, funny man Jack Black, keeps the viewers laughing throughout the movie, with sprinkles of drama that work wonderfully well together.

J.K. Simmons is sinister (could have been more though) yet convincing as the mean, chi stealing Kai and manages to maintain a strong persona. Especially giving the viewers goosebumps with his supernatural army.

Po's faithful friends, Master Shifu and the Furious Five, are delightful with their top-drawer form and keep the pace of the movie smooth and fast.

This installment also maintains Asian design flourishes that were exclusive to its previous series and now have the viewers accustomed to them. The background score and Po's accompanying opening act is marvelous and adds to the films visual delight.

Overall it's an enjoyable, fun and delightful ride and if you have been a fan of the Kung Fu Panda franchise, you will certainly not be disappointed at all.

Kung Fu Panda comes to India

The movie, as expected has done a fantastic job earning close to about Rs 10 crore in its opening weekend. In fact, trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted out about its successfully run. He posted, "#KungFuPanda3 has an EXCELLENT weekend. Fri 2.10 cr, Sat 3.40 cr, Sun 4.60 cr. Total: ₹ 10.10 cr [nett]. India biz."

An excellent weekend for Po and his Indian fans!

Watch Out: Po, is coming to theIndusparent office in Mumbai on April 6, and will be interacting with a few lucky winners who will receive goodies by none other than the Dragon Warrior himself. Watch this space for more details and pictures.

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj

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