We really should stop watching those Jackie Chan types Kung Fu movies! In a day and age when animation is no longer for kids but more real and entertaining than reality is (If you don’t believe me, go check out ‘The Curse of the Golden Flower’) , it is not a wonder that Kung Fu Panda has a huge adult fan base. This weekend, it was this movie that we checked out and we couldn’t have been happier.
Kung Fu Panda is the story of a bungling panda, Po, who has always dreamt of being a kung fu warrior. Unfortunately his father (who happens to be a goose) does not encourage the same and wishes to hand over his noodle shop business to him. By a stroke of luck and a lot of clumsiness, Po finds himself in the middle of the Kung Fu scene much to the disappointment of the master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and the Furious Five - Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Crane (David Cross) — a quintet of supremely skilled martial artists trained by Shifu.
Extremely entertaining, the movie is not only hilarious in parts, but also has fabulous action and theatrics. Tiny parts of the movie like Po getting completely out of breath every time he has to climb the zillion steps up to the hall are a delight. The action scenes like when the Furious Five fight Tai Lung, beat any Kung Fu movie hands down.
The movie also managed to have a lesson to be learnt unlike movies these days. “There is no secret”, which means that if you believe you can do it and the other person perceives you as one who can, then anything is attainable.
A movie to be thoroughly enjoyed…..as proven by the VERY loud strangers sitting next to us and guffawing at every second dialogue. So, don’t take my word for it, go check it out yourself. And no, you are not too old for this one….
Rating: 3.5 on 5