Monday, June 6, 2011

Kids' Stuff


KUNG FU PANDA (2008)

Produced By: Disney
Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Voice-overs by: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and others
ANIMATED
Rating: *** (3 of 5)
Pros: Good story, mildly funny, good effects
Cons: Childish, lacks depth

Alright, I know this is pretty old, but with everybody recommending KFP-2, I thought it would be better to watch the KFP-1 first. So, I did. And I definitely won't be watching the sequel very soon.

Po is a Panda who sells noodles in his father's shop is imaginary China. He hates his life but loves Kung Fu. However, his gigantic body structure, inherited from his Panda-forefathers, prevent him from becoming the super-warrior or whatever title you get when you do really great Kung Fu. But one event changes Po's life forever and he is left to fight an evil nemesis all by himself. And you can fill in the blanks for yourself.

Don't get me wrong here. Artistically, Kung Fu Panda is a great movie. The effects are wonderful, particularly what they did with petals. The movie is also mildly funny and not very preachy. My problem is that this is a kids' movie - and I'm not a kid! The storyline is nice and sweet, but a more mature audience would look for plots and subtexts - here, we have a linear plot and no subtexts.

There is of course one message in the movie, about the secret ingredient. But that comes right at the end and there is hardly any focus on it. So, it doesn't count. So, the verdict is that Kung Fu Panda is a good movie to show the kids when they're getting out of hand, but for anybody above ten, it's not worth the trouble. (OTFS)

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