Movie Review: Kungfu Panda 3 (2016)

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KungFu Panda 3

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The time span of five years is not a short time, but not like “Sherk” which slowly began to lose its charm in the sequel after another, the presence of the third film of Kung Fu Panda has actually managed to do just the opposite. Kung Fu Panda 3 is a continuation of full respect to Po and his panda family and animal friends. Still with the character that has the charm and humor that is full of energy, Kung Fu Panda 3 manages to be an animation that not only deceives the audience through a visual feast for the eyes, but also stories that rely on the issue of a positive attitude. We missed you, Po. Welcome back.

Kung Fu Panda 3 Official Trailer

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Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Alessandro Carloni
Jonathan Aibel
Glenn Berger
20th Century Fox
January 23, 2016 (China)
January 29, 2016 (United States)

Po (Jack Black), who met with his father who had long disappeared, Li (Bryan Craston) is preparing to receive the trust of Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) to become the leader of the Dragon Warrior. Together with members of the Furious Five, Master Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Master Crane (David Cross), Master Mantis (Seth Rogen), Master Viper (Lucy Liu), and Master Monkey (Jackie Chan), Po started to learn to practice kung fu. All that he and his team did to prepare for the threat of Kai (J.K. Simmons), warrior spirit that has the ability to steal other soldiers chi.

About Kung Fu Panda 3

Po and his friends face the greater danger. If in his previous films are the tyrants, then in Kung Fu Panda 3 they have to deal with the mortal enemy of Master Oogway that comes from the spirit world. Like it's not quite mystical, this enemy also has the ability to take the Chi – Chi is a kind of energy possessed by every living being and can be maximized with exercise. This film brings Po and his friends to the next level, which is controlling the Chi.

Po Reunited with His Father

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For those who have watched the second film, would have been aware that Po is not the biological child of Ping, which is actually a swan (who wouldn’t assumed that?). Well, continuing the ending of the second film, in the Kung Fu Panda 3, Po (Jack Black) finally met the father, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston). In Kung Fu Panda 3, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) elicits a greater responsibility for Po which is to be a teacher for the Furious Five: Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Viper (Lucy Liu), Mantis (Seth Rogen) and Crane (David Cross).

However, after a spectacular battle between Master Oogway with his nemesis, Kai (J.K. Simmons) that took place in the spirit world, Po’s task as a new teacher should be ruled out. Kai succeeds returned to the real world and aims to steal the chi from all of the other masters. In order to beat Kai, Po is required to master the Chi and therefore he went with his father to the village Panda hidden in the mountain.

Welcome to The Panda Village

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If You Only Do What You Can Do, You'll Never be Better Than What You Are

The second film, Kung Fu Panda 2, is a downgrade resulting from the achievement of the first film. In terms of story it was trying to be slightly darker, in terms of narrative even more often looked confused. Although in terms of visuals, it still entertaining and the characters keep coming back with their charm that made us fall in love with the first film. The things that make Kung Fu Panda 3 work better than the second one is that it managed to return two things that missing in the second sequel. This film is a scenario that is trying to re-invite you to discover the story of the friendship as it continues to push forward the character of Po in the process of self-discovery.

From the initial synopsis, the film is like not disturbing the load-carrying in itself, it is key to the success of this film. The main intention, of course is simple, the plot was never tried for too dark, although do not be surprised when you meet with some of the moments that have an emotional quality that tasted sweet. The presence of Li was on purpose, but success is creating a new arena for the process in which Po began struggling again to raise the level he had. Po re-learn, and it's especially exciting thing because the issue of "learning" is displayed very appropriately by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, feels very balanced, funny but still leave a strong impression for both young and adult audiences.

"Normal" Panda Didn't Used Chopstick

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But the interesting thing is that although the focus is placed on the maturation process of character Po, who was accompanied by the issue of the family, however the plot does not feel stiff. Kung Fu Panda 3 has sentimental moments but they are placed as stealer moment rather than as a center of the story. In addition, the combination of emotional and humor also surprisingly feels very click. And the rest, you will re-invited to witness the various "miracle" which is full of laughter and of course, odds. The concept of the story in the first movie played back here with the right way, and I really love how Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni encourage various positive messages so easily captured by the audience without creating victims like the story line, for example.

I have to Turn You into You!

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Though his mission this time is getting heavy where Kai managed to seize the Chi from almost all the Kung Fu master in mainland China, do not make Kung Fu Panda 3 as a “too serious” animated movie. Screenwriter Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger still tucked humor in every moment, even ruthlessness Kai "harmed" (in good way) with a joke, like teasing his sentence “chittichatta chit chat” in the middle of a fight. Slapstick farce of dumb or careless behavior of Po became a mainstay, whether he played with his dad in the hall the warriors or when he try to adapt to the "normal life" of Panda such as sleep, eating, and being lazy.

Broadly speaking, the message is still the same which is about being yourself and remind the importance of the family, however this element is packaged in a way that does not seem to be just another rehash of the previous film. However, not only in terms of the story of Kung Fu Panda 3 with messages about positive attitude like do not judge a person only from the outside to see there is always something interesting to keep learning which tasted sweet, visualization of the film is also equally fascinated. In terms of visuals, this film is a beautiful animated. The eye candy color so indulgent to our eyes, beautiful design and expressive character that adds to the positive value of this movie. The voice actors also provide the same fabulous performances. Some new people like  Bryan Cranston and J.K. Simmons instantly create their characters steal the show, however the old characters still managed to maintain their status as a major player.

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Seeing what is given in the second film, my expectations were not initially so high. So when the film featuring fully animated comedy, visualization that feast for the eyes, as well as some spark emotions that gives its own surprises, no wonder this film leaves the audience with a satisfying shock. Kung Fu Panda 3 is a continuation charming, using old concepts and recycling with small updates that feels right. This film manages to be an animated eye candy with charm, emotion and comedy full of energy. This one is a 9 out of 10.

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