Posted: 06/03/2011 in MOVIE REVIEWS

8 out of 10

Might actually be better than the first, which is saying a lot.

First of all, to all the naysayers who say my movie reviews are too short, I apologize, but I don’t want to give away spoilers or ruin a movie with too much criticism, so I keep it short and to the point.

Kung Fu Panda 2 was not a movie I was all that excited about. Dreamworks doesn’t have the greatest history with animated sequels (*cough*Shrek3&4*cough), but I went after hearing some excellent reviews and word of mouth. And I really liked this movie. Jack Black, to my ears, was a lot less “Jack Black” and more in fitting with the character this time around, and I was really happy to see the rest of the furious five get more screen time and lines. Gary Oldman was superb as the villain, and all around the cast did an excellent job. One of my favorite composers, Hans Zimmer, reprised his role alongside John Powell to score the movie, which really enhanced and brought energy to the scenes, which Zimmer especially has a talent for.

Story-wise, not too many surprises, but some big emotional moments were well implemented, and will help propel Po the Panda along an arc which I’m sure will continue into the next movie, based on the ending.

All in all, I highly recommend, especially if you liked the first.

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