DreamWorks Animation,

Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman, Seth Rogen, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Lucy Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Dennis Haysbert, Victor Garber, James Hong

Dragon Warrior Po (Jack Black) has learned that he was adapted. Mr. Ping, the goose (James Hong), is not his real father. A new bad guy has come to town, an evil peacock who wants to wipe out the Furious Five and take over China. But he holds the key to Po’s past and his real parents. It’s up to Po to lead the Furious Five and find his ‘inner peace’ so that he is able to defeat the enemy and save China.

I finally found the time to watch this film. I’ve been waiting anxiously since I accidentally walked in on the Red Carpet premier at Graumman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood last spring. The characters were well developed in the first film, but I have to say that I was really disappointed in it. Perhaps it’s a case where I simply expected to much for it to deliver.

The characters are fun, and the action is furious. But we’re not really involved in any of it. Another reviewer described it as like “watching someone else play a video game”. That is right on. That’s exactly what it’s like. The film was all jokes and action, but did not pull me into it in any way. I have to admit I was bored through most of it. About half way through I realized that I had stopped paying attention and had missed a half hour of the film by daydreaming, so I waited another day and started it over again. I still was not involved in the story, and it just couldn’t keep my mind on the story.

All that being said, I didn’t hate the movie, I was just disappointed as I expected more from Dreamworks. The characters are still lovable and friendly, and there is some real humor in them. James Hong is especially funny as Mr. Ping who’s obsessed with noodles and radishes. I am sure the younger folk will no doubt love the movie, and anyone who’s a big Jack Black fan, or really into Kung Fu cartoons will as well. I liked it, but was not by any means blown away by it. Worth a watch if you’re interested

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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