Entertaining entry in the franchise with its reliable cast of voice actors making room for turns by Bryan Cranston and J.K. Simmons. Nothing too deep but doesn't wear out its welcome too quickly and does have some stellar animation here and there especially during its 'panel style' moments.
Surprisingly good considering the mileage already exhumed from this variable franchise where Jack Black's personae literally found its power animal. It's an adorable application of a subversive concept where an alleged idiot is elevated above his elite peers. Representative of humanity's ingenuity to confound expectations formerly based on empirical merit. Characterisation of Ugwe and Chiffu takes this up a notch.
Rooted in themes of family, personal growth and fundamental values of kindness, love and compassion, the filmmakers draw inspiration from Chinese mythology and a growing collective consciousness, bringing much-needed lessons of how to slow down at a time we can’t go fast enough. Terrific visuals and strong storytelling make this third entry in Po’s journey of self-discovery the wisest and most engrossing of the saga.
The animation itself is interesting to watch, but it seems that the filmmaker wanted to fit a whole bunch of storyline into this 95 minutes film. The moral of the story is also very standard, maybe because I have watched other competitors such as "Inside Out" or "Zootopia" that are successfully incorporate good moral story into children's films.
I think the movie has great basic material, but the execution, the story itself really disappoint me. It doesn't have the right depth & deeper messages (like the movie "Inside Out"). They couldve explored on the characters more instead of having so many storylines. But, despite its lack of substance, I gave it 4 stars for its BRILLIANT visual that made my eyes peeled the whole time. OMG those vibrant-colorful scenes!
An improvement on the second film - it benefits from focusing more on the issue of Po's identity and belonging and there is better balance between drama and action. Looks ravishing too, but I still miss the real charm of the first instalment.