Saturday, October 11, 2008

Movie Night: Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Its that time of the week again and once again i have pulled it out of my butt again.
again there seems little point to a synopsis but none the less...

Po (Jack Black) is a panda who works in a noodle restaurant owned by his goose father Mr. Ping (James Hong), who hopes that Po will one day take over the restaurant, and wishes to disclose with him the secret ingredient of his family's noodle soup. Po is a kung fu fanatic with secret dreams of becoming a great master in the discipline. However, his weight and clumsiness make his goal difficult to attain.

The tortoise Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) has a premonition that the evil snow leopard warrior Tai Lung (Ian McShane), the former student of his own protégé, the red panda Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), will escape from prison and return to threaten the Valley of Peace. While Shifu sends Zeng (Dan Fogler), a messenger goose, to Chor Ghom Prison to have the security increased, Oogway orders a formal ceremony to choose the Dragon Warrior, a supreme master of kung fu who can defeat Tai Lung. It is assumed that one of the Furious Five—Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie 'Freaking' Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Crane (David Cross)—a quintet of supremely skilled martial artists trained by Shifu, will be chosen for this honor. Po, in his attempts to see the Dragon Warrior, finds himself in the middle of the ceremony. Oogway surprises everyone by designating Po himself as the Dragon Warrior despite Po's protests and Shifu's pleas to reconsider. Ridiculous levels of idiocy and hilarity ensue as the quartet attempt to turn a clumsy if kind hearted oaf in to a kung fu master via a myriad of montages that unfortunately take up the batter part of the movie while referencing such classic movies as the Karate kid and Enter the Dragon.

All in all its a good board weekend movie with Jack Black essentially camera whoring the entire feature as Po with his usual level of over the top vocal talent and trademark physical humor perfectly emulated in his on screen persona. As usual i suggest a little boot time prior to watching and the grabbing of a extra large bucket of popcorn while you wait.

See you all tomorrow and once again i apologize for the crass commercialism in the previous post.



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