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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.90
I got dragged to this by the lady after a discussion on how I never want to go see movies. It was surprisingly quite good.

The biggest thing that struck me about KFP is the liberal use of eastern/zen philosophy throughout the movie. There were a lot of scenes that would go over all kids' heads. There's also a father/son relationship which got quite dark at one point in the movie.

The only really funny/laugh out loud scenes seemed to be when Po (Jack Black) was training, eating, or fighting.

The animation is incredible - just so amazingly detailed. They do a lot of the slow-mo kung fu scenes you've come to expect in live-action films.

While you get a lot of talking from the main characters (Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie), there are others that are surprisingly underused (David Cross, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu).

All in all, a really entertaining film with some good messages.
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
I could not agree mroe with your post - esp. about the severe underuse of the secondary characters.

I took all 4 of my kids (9,8,4,3) to a matinee yesterday and they all enjoyed it - espcially the 8 and 4 year old. All the roles were perfectly cast and the story, albeit predictable, was enjoying and satisfying. And as always, a solid moral to boot.

I would not be surprised if this movie does gangbusters at the box office and warrants a part 2.

Thumbs up - a family keeper.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.98
Goon,
I diagree with you toally, specially about the use of eastern/zen philosophy. First off, the film didn't go taht deep and seconldy my daughter who just turned 2 1/2 has a better grasp of zen/buddhism than anyone I've ever met.

The film is great, go see it.

And while you're at it Goon, check out the Tao of Pooh.
Winnie the Pooh of course.


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(edited by CRZ on 11.6.08 0943)
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.51
I'm looking forward to seeing this. I was planning on going last night but got busy with something in the office and completely missed the 7:00 starts.

In terms of box office, it has already made 60 million dollars in the first weekend.

As it happens, I personally know the ORIGINAL Kung-Fu Panda. In fact, I was ring announcer for one of his first matches:


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BAMBOO! vs. Flip D. Berger - IWS Syndicate Invitational - Sept. 3rd 2005

BAMBOO! was tragically killed in the ring during a match with Damian during the ISW "Our Holiday Special" Dec. 9, 2005 - Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada...

But his son and heir, El Hijo del BAMBOO! carries on the family tradition and is appearing at a live outdoor show that we are doing in Montreal, June 20th, 4-6 PM, corner of Rachel and St-Laurent (Parc des Ameriques)

He is also appearing at an ISW show ("Hot Summer Rubdown") that I am ring announcing for on Sunday evening, June 28th, Montreal at FouFounes Electric on Ste-Catherine near St-Laurent

The owner of ISW took El Hijo del BAMBOO! to see Kung-Fu Panda and not only did Bamboo Jr. love the film, he is apparently planning on stealing all of Po's moves.



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Llakor - that is some nice white suit, my friend. You could sell ice cream in that suit (or be in a Beastie Boys video). You do need a porn mustache to go with that outfit, though.




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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.80
Anyone else get a huge Star Wars vibe from seeing this movie?

Luke training on Dagobah with a backpack on

Vader vs Obi-wan

Yoda dying and leaving the training in Ben's care?
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.87
    Originally posted by damnnearfonzie@gmail.com
    Goon,
    I diagree with you toally, specially about the use of eastern/zen philosophy. First off, the film didn't go taht deep and seconldy my daughter who just turned 2 1/2 has a better grasp of zen/buddhism than anyone I've ever met.

    (edited by CRZ on 11.6.08 0943)


Well if your daughter has a better grasp of zen/buddhism than anybody you met then it's not really fair to compare the movie to her since she doesn't have the knowledge of a normal kid or adult, or according to you, anybody.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.51
    Originally posted by Quezzy
      Originally posted by damnnearfonzie@gmail.com
      Goon,
      I diagree with you toally, specially about the use of eastern/zen philosophy. First off, the film didn't go taht deep and seconldy my daughter who just turned 2 1/2 has a better grasp of zen/buddhism than anyone I've ever met.

      (edited by CRZ on 11.6.08 0943)


    Well if your daughter has a better grasp of zen/buddhism than anybody you met then it's not really fair to compare the movie to her since she doesn't have the knowledge of a normal kid or adult, or according to you, anybody.


I think a lot of Zen Buddhists would agree that Zen Buddhism is a philosophy understood instinctively by children and one that adults must remember rather than learn.

*****

Having just come back from having seen the film, the sight gags are good, the action sequences are great as is the voice acting. I loved the idea that this could have been a script from a lost Sammo Hung film.

My only regret is that I would have liked to have seen an extended combat sequence involving each member of the Furious Five to demonstrate their style individually rather than only seeing each style is glimpses.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.75
    Originally posted by Llakor
    My only regret is that I would have liked to have seen an extended combat sequence involving each member of the Furious Five to demonstrate their style individually rather than only seeing each style is glimpses.
I would agree with that thought, as my only hit on the movie, that there just wasn't enough of each in their respective elements. That said, my son and I were near tears laughing so hard at some scenes, most notably the "you always joke around"/acupuncture spot. Jack Black = gold.

Did anyone else who watched American Idol realize that (it seems, anyway) that the skit they did with Gladys Knight auditioning the Pips, which featured Black, Stiller, and Downey, was a essentially a promo for Tropic Thunder (imdb.com)? At the theater last weekend, I just happened to see a movie poster for it...
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
The "you always joke around"/acupuncture scene was laugh-out-loud hilarious, I agree. All three members of my family quite enjoyed the movie. I was kind of hoping for a Po/Tigress romance, but I guess I'll have to settle for mutual respect-- at least at the end of part one. (Is it weird that I was pulling for an interspecies romance? Hmm.)

I was surprised to see Jackie Chan's name in the credits because for the life of me, I couldn't remember, well, a single individual thing that Monkey even did. Fight a lot, I guess. They could've gotten anyone for that role and probably cheaper, seeing as how it's an animated flick and stuff.

On the other hand, I do remember David Cross as Crane, pretty much the only member of the Fearless Five to be relatively nice to Po from the get-go.

I'd buy the DVD, and go to see a Kung Fu Panda II if they made one.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.40
    Originally posted by The Goon
    I got dragged to this by the lady after a discussion on how I never want to go see movies. It was surprisingly quite good.


Sing it, brother. I went to see this on the big ol' IMAX screen with my wife and some friends.

I thought it was fantastic. Little details like the acupuncture scene with Mantis setting up Po's resistance to Tai Lung's nerve attacks were awesome. The movie was also visually stunning, especially on the IMAX scale.

All of us who went were actually glad that there wasn't a Po/Tigress romance, because none of us thought there should be or needed to be. It was actually refreshing to us that they didn't feel the need to tack on a romantic angle when the story worked fine as it was.
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