The animated movie continues Po’s legendary adventures of awesomeness. Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home. The film is in both 3D and IMAX 3D versions.
Directors: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger Stars: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman Genres: Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated PG for martial arts action and some mild rude humor
Country: China | USA Language: English | Mandarin Release Date: 29 January 2016 (China) Also Known As: Gong fu xiong mao 3 Production Co: China Film Co., DreamWorks Animation, Oriental DreamWorks Runtime: 95 min Sound Mix: Auro 11.1 | Dolby Digital Color: Color
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Fun but all to familiar
'Kung Fu Panda 3' is, of course, the newest chapter in the Panda trilogy. This one, much like the others, plays off of its predecessors. With 'Kung Fu Panda 3' the Dragon Warrior finally meets his father. His real father for that matter. This naturally throws off the mojo of everyone around him. Especially his goose step father....thing. Aside from this singular plot point this film is nearly identical in structure to its predecessors. Po is asked to accomplish a seemingly impossible task with in a paper thin time frame and as he is going about this he (for some reason) has a sort of identity crisis. And, just as the story needs him to, he over comes right on time.
If you think you've heard this plot line before, you have. It's in every single Disney sports movie ever. It's the same formula used in the first two films as well. Yet, somehow, the first two are actually a whole lot of fun with a surprising amount of depth. The first two were bright, fun, and big but never sacrificed character or depth.
Unfortunately, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' does. The biggest issue I had with this film outside of the recycled structure was the villain. Each prior film had a menacing but clearly motivated villain for Po to face. While this one doesn't lack menace, his motives and past are fairly unclear.
It doesn't help that Kai's "chi" abilities go rather unexplained. Each time he appears on screen he seems to have a new muddled ability that helps him defeat each opponent in his path. Again, the film does a great job of making him scary but it doesn't even try to make him feel like a threat. Mainly because, if you've seen the first two, you already know what is going to happen. This robs the movie of any twists that it attempts, which makes this absurdly predictable.
Now, don't get the wrong idea, I actually enjoyed this movie. But I think it's important to recognize that it has issues, and a lot of them. That being said, this is probably the best movie you and your kids can watch right. 'Inside Out' is too smart for kids, 'Norm of the North' is too bland, and 'Shaun the Sheep' is too quiet.
'Kung Fu Panda 3' is quite the opposite, in many regards, of all of these. It's scale is big, the jokes fly with insane speed, and the animation is bright and breathtaking. It is one of the few movies left that is utterly harmless. But it also has something to say. Much like the two before it, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' talks a lot about self worth.
It tells young children that it's OK to be different and that the best you, is you. No matter what any one else says. For these few reasons, I believe 'Kung Fu Panda 3' is on the better end of family movies and definitely worth (at least) a watch, despite its cookie cutter storytelling.
A Great Film But Not as Good as the First Two
By Alex Jacobsson
Ever since I first saw the first Kung Fu Panda film I've been in love with the series. They're so amazing in so many ways, animation, soundtracks etc. The first two were flawless no doubt but it's a great shame that the third film didn't live up to it's full potential nor my expectations.
The film overall is great, yes but I think they could've made a better story alongside with a better script. The first two films were more made for a mature audience and not only kids in my opinion, that's what made the films so great but the third one is way more suiting for a younger audience. One thing I'm really happy about and also very impressed by is that the soundtrack in the films never get worse, they continue to be as great as they've always been. Thank you Hans Zimmer!
Kung Fu Panda 3 is still a great movie which everyone who is or isn't a fan of the series can enjoy. It has heart, great action and outstanding animation. Dreamworks still hasn't disappointed me when it comes to this franchise.
A movie that is supposed to be made by China
(This review is including all three Kung Fu panda movies)
"If you are a big fan of Chinese Kung Fu, if you are a big fan of Chinese culture, and if you are a big of Chinese panda, the movie Kung Fu Panda would be the most recommended for you. China is perfectly showing the world itself by using this excellent Chinese movie. The panda, the Kung Fu, the dragon, the building, the food and so on, all of these are really signature Chinese stuffs."
Unfortunately, you have to exchange the worlds "Chinese movie" with "American movie". Yes, this so Chinese style movie, even me as a Chinese people is so impressed, is fully made in American! (well, not that "fully" I think, but "mainly")
We have made a plenty of movies that could really show the Chinese culture, as the quality is not high, so the influence is not much. But what make me so shocked is that people all over the world would know about China is by watching a movie made by America, Doesn't it sound unnatural? when a Chinese people hear someone sail, "wow, this is China." Doesn't it sound weird?
I know many people would say the America would distort the culture, would send the wrong messages to the audience, would control the impression of Chinese culture. However, these are all not truth, the one of things that make me so emotional is that this contents from this movie are so positive, so traditional, so Chinese. I have to say even me would feel like that many Chinese spirits in this movie are expressed so reasonable, so many Kung Fu actions are quite fantastic, the characters choosing is appropriate-like the panda.And they are supposed to be created by Chinese makers.
As a Chinese people, I have to give the American some credit for making such a great movie about Chinese culture. Movie is one the most important media industries, Chinese people have to realize that if we don't keep working on our film industry, if we don't keep improving the culture industry, if we don't keep increasing the influence of the Chinese movie, then our stories would be told by someone else mouth.