Director: Jennifer Yun Nelson
Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, JK Simmons, Lucy Liu, Bryan Cranston, Seth Rogen
IMDB Synopsis: Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
Po (Jack Black) is back, tasked with saving the land from disaster, in Dreamworks third installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. Returning is a star studded cast and director Jennifer Yun Nelson who was at the helm for the second film.
The new tale follows the developing story of Po’s biological father Li (Bryan Cranston) and the revelation that one panda village still remains. However Po and the panda’s are soon shaken with news that villain Kai (JK Simmons) has escaped the spirit world and plans to steal the chi from all the Kung Fu masters. Po, with the help of his friends and new panda family, sets out to save the day.
Much like the previous two films Kung Fu Panda 3 feels like it shoehorns in too many themes than is necessary for what is only a 90 minute film. The stellar supporting cast like Tigress (Angelina Jolie) and Viper (Lucy Liu) feel nothing more than cameos, There are 3 academy awards in this ensemble (Jolie, Simmons and Hoffman), not that you would know from their lack of both dialogue and screen time. However, the film is visually great with fantastic 3D animation and stunning bright colours, something which must be commended.
Overall Kung Fu Panda 3 will not break any new ground but fans of the franchise will enjoy the storyline, stuffed with emotion and comedy. This third installment is a fun outing for the whole family and previous fans will not feel let down.
Matt :) <3