McFeelie’s McMovie Review: Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) – PG
Kung Fu Panda 3 answers the age old question we’ve all been waiting for that answer to… Where does Po come from?
Jack Black is back at it again, playing ‘Po’, the buffoon of a butt kicking Panda, in the 3rd movie in the Kung Fu Panda Series. All the usual favorites are also back for the new flick including: Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogan), Viper (Lucy Liu), Crane (David Cross), and Mr. Ping (James Hong).
Po loves his life as the dragon warrior. He is respected as a hero to everybody he knows in the valley. But there was just one question he would ask, where did he come from? The answer comes strolling along one day as his father, Li (voiced by Bryan Cranston), enters their village.
Li eventually brings his newly found son to the village of the last of the pandas, and life seems to be pretty great over there. Tons of food, lots of sleep…my kind of place.
A kid’s animation always needs to have a bad guy to defeat. This film’s antagonist is named Kai (voiced by the incredible J.K. Simmons), and he is a super natural enemy who destroys the panda village and steals his opponents chi. The only thing that can be done now is for Po to face his opponent, Kai. But this dude is pretty tough so he’s going to need help. To destroy this threat, Po must do something he never has done on any of his adventures: teach Kung Fu to a whole army of his species.
Dreamworks is better than this. I saw the film in Real 3-D which is usually kind of cool, but there was nothing spectacular about this…at all. This is Jack Black for crying out loud, and all he can come up with is still only… “Skih-doosh”? I get it, this is a kids movie and adults shouldn’t have to be catered to, but it would be a little nice if there were just a little adult humor. Or at least something new. The movie just seemed like it was more of the same. It could have just as easily been worked in to the “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” TV series.
Kung Fu Panda 3 gets a big thumbs down from me. There was nothing special about the new film that made me jump out of my seat. Of course my kid loved it, and I’m sure yours will too. Might just be a little boring for UGuys to have to sit through.
Rated PG for Pretty Good. : )