yup! that’s him!
During the recent school term break, I had the chance to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 with my eight year old son, Ryan. We promised to spend time watching an interesting movie together and treat the day as ‘mom and son day out’. Wow, we apparently chose the very right movie for both of us. A genuinely good movie! I had seen many animated movies in the past and Kung Fu Panda 2 is excellent, one of the best definitely.
In this movie, Po and the Furious Five were trying to defend the Valley of Peace. Lord Shen, a peacock used a technology to put an end to Kung Fu and to finally conquer China. Po and the Furious Five were also trying to destroy Lord Shen’s weapons.
DreamWorks creates wonders, totally! Now tell me … who would not enjoy watching those beautiful landscapes used in the movie? They were carefully and artfully designed. I think the powerful emotional experience and great humor lasted longer than viewers have anticipated. One of the factors that probably drew a wider (if not the widest) audience was the suitability of the content – parent would not think twice accompanying their kids to the theatre to watch this movie! The mixture of family values and friendship definitely did not overshadow the strong sense of fatherhood also depicted in this movie. This movie is equally entertaining to adults and parents!
The voice casts were done by top actors and actresses which was the strong drawing factor for this animated feature kind – Jack Black as Po, Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Lucy Liu as Viper, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu, Gary Oldman as Lord Shen, James Hong as Mr. Ping, Michelle Yeoh as The Soothsayer, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Master Croc, just to name a few. My personal favorite goes to James Hong as Mr. Ping. As Po’s dad, he was trying his very best not to be emotionally wrecked when his ‘son’ tried to discover the truth about his past and ventured out on a dangerous mission to save China. The combination of words, gestures, facial expressions, actions, fears, confusion, sadness, loves, all made his character really stood out above the rest.
The movie was able to get a strong message across : someone with inner peace is able to love himself and others as well. The strength and the power of inner peace must not be overlooked as it can counter setbacks and challenges in life. A beautiful message to spread to the viewers, don’t you think?
While watching the movie, I recalled one part that touched me deeply. I turned to my side and asked, “Are you alright, sweetheart?” He said, “Ermmm this 3D glass makes my eyes…warm and blurry, mommy.” I said to him, “Oh, don’t worry. It makes mommy’s eyes warm and blurry too but we’ll be fine once we take it off.” Like I said, Kung Fu Panda 2 is truly a good film to experience with your family and friends. I need to remind myself to buy the DVD and keep it for my 6-month baby to watch when he’s a little older.
For those of you who have watched the movie, apart from laughing your hearts out, did you experience warm and blurry eyes like we did?