Review: Kung Fun Panda 3

Tyler Williams

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April 21, 2016

Theatrical Release Poster, Dreamworks Animation

Continuing his legend of ‘awesomeness’ and opening with $43 million, Kung Fu Panda 3 is currently the number one movie in America. The Chinese-American film continues Po’s  third journey as the dragon warrior in hopes to save China.

The film starts off with Po, voiced by Jack Black, and the Furious Five: Master Tigress, voiced by Angelina Jolie; Master Crane, voiced by David Cross; Master Mantis, voiced by Seth Rogen; Master Viper, voiced by Lucy Liu; and Master Monkey, voiced by Jackie Chan; training with Po as their teacher due to the retirement of Master Shifu, voiced by Dustin Hoffman. They suddenly get an unexpected guest Kai, voiced by J. K. Simmons.

One of master Oogway’s former friends that fought beside him long ago comes to try and destroy all of China as revenge. Along the way, Po is reunited with his long lost father Li Shan, voiced by Bryan Cranston, as well as the other pandas in attempt to help Po bring down Kai. Although defeating Kai won’t be easy, Po learns the true meaning of being the dragon warrior which could ultimately be the key.

“Emotionally, dramatically and perhaps most of all visually, this delightful trilogy capper is almost as generously proportioned as its cuddly warrior hero,” Variety’s Justin Chang said.

The film was very well made, complete with both action and comedy. The little flaws such as a fast moving plot and the audience’s ability to pretty much predict the plot are overlooked due to how entertaining the movie is.

As always, DreamWorks Animation never fails to please the audience with an outstanding film. The film does end with a bit of unanswered questions, possibly leading to a fourth movie.