Kung Fu Panda 2 has a relatively high score on Rotten Tomatoes, but I fail to see why this movie is considered “good” by the majority. I loved the first Panda film, which had a genuinely touching and inspirational story. This sequel has a plot that’s so thin and so dull, I wondered if I was watching the correct movie.
Panda 1 made me laugh-out-loud countless times, but I didn’t even chuckle once during Panda 2. This sub-par script could have definitely been tightened up a whole lot more, and perhaps paid more attention to the intriguing relationship between Po and Tigress (voiced by Jack Black and Angelina Jolie respectively), which might as well be the only interesting thing in this film.
Yeah, I don’t even think Gary Oldman’s Lord Shen is as impressive as some critics believe. Unlike the menacing villain of Panda 1, this new peacock baddie is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, I didn’t feel as if Panda 2 contained any sort of danger for our protagonists, especially since Po aka The Dragon Warrior is practically invincible now. Sure, the film’s climatic scene has a few surprises, but it’s not enough to cover up the film’s major flaws.
I suspect that Panda 2 is actually meant to be a Dead Man’s Chest or Deathly Hallows Part 1 – just something to grab more cash and make you excited about the next installment (which in turn will make even more cash!). Would I want to watch Panda 3? Sure, why not, I’ll even bring the kids.