Kung Fu Panda 3, an animated movie in 3D by Dreamworks, opened on January 29th. All of the main kung fu fighters from the previous two movies are back, including Po (Jack Black), Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and the legendary Furious Five. The story is about Po (also known as the Dragon Warrior), but two new characters are introduced. Po’s father, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston), finds his son. Kai (J.K. Simmons) is a power-hungry warrior in the Spirit Realm who comes back to Earth to take the life force (chi) from all who oppose him. Kai has spent 500 years absorbing his power, and Po must take all that he has learned (and will learn) if he wants to defeat this master warrior.
When Master Shifu says to Po, “If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than you are now,” the audience knows that Po is on another epic journey to become the true Dragon Warrior. Po does this with the help of his fathers (natural and adopted), as well as help from others.
Through many battle scenes and much comedy, we learn about panda asthma, we witness father and son playing with Master Rhino’s battle armor, we observe how pandas eat a dumpling “snacklace,” we discover a secret panda village learning kung fu, we experience an awkward father-son reunion, and we learn what it is to be a true panda.
The official movie website (www.dreamworks.com/kungfupanda) has lots of fun things to do for Kung Fu panda fans — including extra videos, five online games (including Kung Fu Panda Minecraft world), one interactive mobile game, and exclusive downloadable content.
This movie is rated PG and is 95 minutes long. I really enjoyed this movie because it is funny, action-packed, and very entertaining. I highly recommend it for kids of all ages. This movie was written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. It was directed by Jennifer Yuh and Alessandro Carloni.