Saw at Innovative Multiplex, Marathahalli
Ticket price : Rs. 100
3D/2D : 2D
As usual the animation is amazing. The detail in that goes in the each scene is really amazing. In the first installment if view of “Birth Place of Kungfu” was breath-taking with its colorful landscape, in Kungfu Panda2 (KP2), the view of the Gongmen City is truly mesmerizing. Dreamworks Animation knows it art well. And I am sure this time as well the people of China will like KP2 as well.
As for the story,the second installment stand on its own. My friend who had not seen the first part was able to thoroughly enjoy just about everything in KP2.
What doesn’t work?
Some of the jokes are not funny. Also the extended bout of self-doubt that Po faces is boring. Also while in the first part it was the quality of the villian that made the final fight scene epic, this time it is compensated with quantity. Lord Shen is more of a negative character,more like a placeholder, rather than a formidable enemy for Po.The endless stream of minions just fill the screen and provide Po and other warriors with Kung-fu fodder. The fighting and chase scenes took an eternity to culminate each time.
The intellectual anchor of the first part,Master Oogway is missed in this part. Master Shifu cannot replace Oogway’s serene persona.
The Furious Five get more importance this time, but with the addition of more characters, they seem to be lost in the character-scape.
Is it worth the theater trip?
If you ask me, NO. If you ask my friend who had not seen the first part , YES.
Image Credit : Kungfu panda wiki.