Being a great of kung fu movies, I aboslutely had to see “Kung Fu Panda“. Even though it is an animation, it still features Jackie Chan and lots of kung fu training and fights. I don’t know what it is about kung fu movies that drags me in and occupies my attention, but it’s always the same. And “Kung Fu Panda” was no exception.
And it wasn’t a disappointment. Great animation, good humor, and the best of kung fu – it’s all there. The last dumpling fight is up there with the rest of the best kung fu fights. And an extra point for choosing the animals for characters and kung fu styles. Lots of fun.
Overall, a 7 out of 10. Recommended for any fans of animation, Jack Black, or kung fu movies.
Before I had a long break in movie watching, one of my biggest complains about movies was regarding the stories. It seemed back then that there were three of four main story lines, which all films were aligned along.Â That was very sad and boring.Â Now that I got back to movie watching, I am glad to report that there are many films with original stories.Â Twists, surprises, and more twists. I have troubles guessing how the movie will end every other time.Â So, it’s either the movies got a little better, or I got so much worse.
I watched “Lucky Number Slevin“, which I expected to be yet another action, considering there were pictures of Bruce Willis with a gun all over the place.Â I thought that it would also probably be funny, since Bruce Willis was pictured in a hat.Â And that’s about as much as I expected from the film.
But I was wrong.Â It was a really twisted story.Â With lots of action.Â Lots of really great photography.Â And fast paced.Â Bruce Willis was accompanied by Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, and Ben Kingsley.Â There are some really great background characters too.
This film provides good, albeit not family safe,Â entertainment, with plenty of good humor and details to look for while watching it for the second, third, or fourth time.Â A must see, and a recommend DVD buy.Â 8 out of 10.
I was surprised to learn that “Mulan II” exists. As successful as the original animation was, I thought it would be followed by a sequel, but everything was pretty quiet. It turns out that sequel came out six years later.
Directed by: Darrell Rooney, Lynne Southerland
Genres: Family, Animation, Comedy, Musical
Cast: Ming-Na, B.D. Wong, Mark Moseley, Lucy Liu, Harvey Fierstein, Sandra Oh, Gedde Watanabe, Lauren Tom, Jerry Tondo, Pat Morita, George Takei, June Foray, Freda Foh Shen, Soon-Tek Oh, Frank Welker
IMDB raintg: 5.8
My rating: 5.0
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