Flash Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 3

I was told there are beings who walk the planet robbing people of their energy; they are referred to as “Energy Vampires.” This is what I heard at a convention I attended some time ago. At first I did not quite understand what the presenter was talking about; but after a few examples were given and I later experienced it for myself, it made perfect sense. Let me see if I can explain it to you. Have you ever been at a party where one person dominates the conversations? They may be humorous, crack jokes or do some physical antics to provoke a response from people; however, the underlying current to all of their manipulations is to be the center of attention. This explained why I had such an uncomfortable time being around my friend’s boyfriend. Anytime we would get together he would dominate the conversations; no matter the topic he would bring it back to talk about himself. You may have experienced something similar, where the person throws out a question to you but they really are not interested in your answer. They just want to use the query to talk about themselves. If we played cards or a board game he was merciless; he had to always win. It was exhausting, I always felt tired after being around him. I did not realize it at the time but this guy was sucking the energy out of me and frankly out of the entire room. It came to the point where I had to limit my time around my friend and curtail the times we would play games. Luckily I had the option available to not be around them; but sometimes there is not an option and one has to face up to the challenge.    WHEN the evil Kai, voiced by J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Juno), began eliminating the kung fu masters from across the land Po, voiced by Jack Black (Goosebumps, Bernie), could not walk away. He would have to confront the evil force and need help to do it. This animated action film had wonderful sharp animation. Visually I was impressed with the look of this adventure picture. With Bryan Cranston (Argo, Trumbo) as Li, Angelina Jolie (Malefiecent, Salt) as Tigress and Dustin Hoffman (Meet the Fockers franchise, Wag the Dog) as Shifu; the story was well thought out and made this sequel quite enjoyable to view. The humor was age appropriate and the writers took care not to make the subject matter too dark for younger viewers. Though I have seen the previous 2 films I do not think it is necessary to see them before seeing this movie. As a matter of fact I liked this one the best out of the three. The audience from what I could tell was into this film, both adults and children. This film was a good reminder that one cannot always run away.

 

3 stars 

 

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 1, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Yay! My kids desperately want to see this. I tend to be cynical about sequels so I’m very glad your review is reassuring and that this is a movie worth going to see.

  2. OH good, an animated sequel that doesn’t suck. Most are not up to par from the original. Thanks for the review!

  3. Very nice review as always 🙂

    Looking forward to watching this edition as early as possible …

    Thanks a lot for sharing 🙂

  4. Energy vampires are tough to deal with. It’s best to identify them early so you can take steps avoid them!

  5. We saw this movie at the weekend and we all LOVED it. I am a total cynic about sequels and even more so about threequels but this movie was a delight. I thought Kai was less impressive a villain than those in the previous movies but in some ways that permitted the focus to be on other aspects of Po’s life and relationships. I thought the emotional aspects of the movie were well handled too. I actually felt sympathy for Po’s adoptive father as he adjusts to a new dynamic. The animation was absolutely stunning too. I found myself thinking Wow! several times throughout.

    • Oh I am so glad and I really appreciate you stating how Kai was less impressive as a villian; it makes perfect sense. Glad also that the whole family had fun with this beautiful movie. Thanks for telling me.

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