Only occasionally manages to recapture the wit and charm of the first instalment - a shame because the initial theme of finding inner peace created the opportunity for some nuanced character interaction, a real strength of the original. Instead, any reflective moments are cut short in favour of repetitive and over-extended action sequences - a missed opportunity.
Toothless follow up sacrificing charm and story for action set pieces. Oldman pretty good voicing the adversary with production credits in line with orginal. Not bad but nothing special. Surely there was another animated film worth nominating more than this one Oscar.
This was a good movie. It was well written and it kept me engaged. Great character design and setpieces. There's equal volumes of drama and comedy. I laughed and I cried. Jack Black is awesome with his soft natured, goofy shtick, though I wish the supporting cast had more to do. They get used for a joke or two with the exception of Tigress. BTW, mubi should update its name to Kung Fu Panda 2 and revise the synopsis.
I am very glad that this film wasn't made purely for financial gain. You can tell a lot of heart went into making this film. But I still feel it's a bit on the forgettable side. Seeing a non-hero type rise unexpectedly to a hero's challenge like in the first film is just more entertaining than an already established hero doing what you would expect from him.
A good action/comedy beautifully animated with very well choreographed action. It looks good in 3-D, too. Not everything has a lot of depth, but 3-D is often used to good effect - particularly in the earlier part of the movie (3D is less utilized as the movie progresses).
I didn't think that Jack Black could still make me laugh but...what fun! It's well written (classic hero's journey with a little twist), definitely well directed, the animation is a joy to witness and the star studded cast does NOT detract from the movie. All in all, in my opinion, Kung Fu Panda 2 is definitely worth watching.
A vast improvement on the original, this film checks a box rarely seen today: It's an animated film directed solely by a woman. It also ups the ante visually, with 2D flashbacks, inventive chases, & exciting fights that are fun & thrilling. A simple explanation of it all may be Guillermo del Toro's involvement, but the entire team on this delivered!