Kung Fu Panda 3 review

 

2016`s 2nd animated film.
2016`s 2nd animated film.

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My opinion right after watching film

My opinion right after watching the film is that it is very predictable. I saw every single twist and turn coming from a mile away, and I do not know how much longer they can continue this franchise without it getting stale. There is still a lot that is good in the film, and there is a good amount of detail put in the characters and how the story took place, I can see that things are getting a bit redundant.

Production

It was announced in 2010 that there would be 6 films, or “chapters” to this franchise, and this film was announced to the public in 2012.  A third of the film was produced in China by Oriental DreamWorks, while the rest was produced in America.

Story

The story starts with Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) fighting with a friend/turned rival named Kai (J. K. Simmons), who has defeated most of the Kung Fu masters, and collects their chi, while turning them into crystal charms. Oogway tells him that the more he takes, the less he will have, and the Dragon Warrior will stop him before Oogway is defeated. We are taken to the real world, where Po (Jack Black) is engulfing in his fame, before Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) announces that today will be his last class, since the Dragon Warrior will teach the classes from now on. Long story short, it does not end well, and everyone hears about Po’s failed teachings.

He is told by Shifu that in order to have the master and learn the power of Chi, you have to master self, and ask who you really are. Kai is making his way to the real world, but he is a comedic villain because no one knows who he is, since he is that old, and it kind of damages his ego for a few seconds.

So a middle-aged pahtner shows up, and announces to Po that he is looking for his son. Both are oblivious to the fact that they are father and son (which the entire town is aware of), only for them to realize it when Li Shan (Bryan Cranston) runs up to hug his son. The two instantly bond, and fool around in the palace, which eventually gets them in trouble with Shifu. This does not matter, since he tells them that he found his father.
So a middle-aged panda shows up, and announces to Po that he is looking for his son. Both are oblivious to the fact that they are father and son (which the entire town is aware of), only for them to realize it when Li Shan (Bryan Cranston) runs up to hug his son. The two instantly bond, and fool around in the palace, which eventually gets them in trouble with Shifu. This does not matter, since he tells them that he found his father.

Almost instantly, Kai shows up with his jade crystals, which evokes a great battle scene with the 5/Po, and the crystal legends. They look through a bunch of scrolls, and finally knows who Kai is after they read a scroll. Shan tells them that the universe sent him a message to go after his son, which makes Mr. Ping (James Hong) jealous. So they learn that Pandas still exist in secret, Kai and Oogway were friends, but the power of chi broke them apart since Kai was too greedy. Shan uses this as a way to bring Po home, but neither are aware that Mr. Ping sneaks into one of their bags to go with them.

While Po meets a bunch of new characters, Mantis (Seth Rogen) and Crane (David Cross) are instructed by Shifu to observe and spy on the jade crystals, but to not interact with them. Of course the dumbasses end up going too close to them out of curiosity and end up turning into jade charms themselves. From what I have seen in the past, they were always very controlled, dubious, and focused. This seems a bit out of character, just so the plot can continue. It is around here how painfully obvious the plot is going to get. All of the characters will turn into charms, and Chi is pretty much the same thing as inner peace from the last film.
While Po meets a bunch of new characters, Mantis (Seth Rogen) and Crane (David Cross) are instructed by Shifu to observe and spy on the jade crystals, but to not interact with them. Of course the dumbasses end up going too close to them out of curiosity and end up turning into jade charms themselves. From what I have seen in the past, they were always very controlled, dubious, and focused. This seems a bit out of character, just so the plot can continue. It is around here how painfully obvious the plot is going to get. All of the characters will turn into charms, and Chi is pretty much the same thing as inner peace from the last film.

Mr. Ping continues to feel left out by Po bonding with his biological father, and gets a bit too bitter for my liking if I were to be honest. Po is told about what happened to his mother (we saw what happened in the second film, as some sort of a flashback), and Po tells his father that he will never lose him again. Kai gets to the palace, and engages in a fight with Shifu and the remaining members of the 5, where all but Tigris (Angelina Jolie) is turned into a crystal gem, and she makes her way to the secret panda area, which she conveniently finds very easily……… Anyways, we deal with the bullshit and predictable liar revealed plotline, where Po gets annoyed that his father refuses to teach him chi, only to admit that he lied about that to get him to come to the panda area. The fathers bond on lying about their motivations, and everyone makes up.

Tigris tells Po about how Kai operates, and it leads to him to train all of the pandas, by helping them be the best they can be (which is the message of the whole film). I do think that this training montage is way too quick, and I had the same issue in the first film, where Po went from failing to being an expert at Kung Fu. It is jut too rushed and convenient to hold the plot along by a thread.
Tigris tells Po about how Kai operates, and it leads to him to train all of the pandas, by helping them be the best they can be (which is the message of the whole film). I do think that this training montage is way too quick, and I had the same issue in the first film, where Po went from failing to being an expert at Kung Fu. It is jut too rushed and convenient to hold the plot along by a thread.

It is time for the big climax after Po plans their strategy, and everyone starts to fight. The other pandas fight off the other crystal jades well enough, and Po manages to distract Kai enough so he can use the move he was taught in the first film on him, which fails. Po is almost turned into a crystal jade, but the other Pandas finally get Chi, which they use to save him. He battles Kai in the spirit world, and ends up defeating him.

I have to say that this franchise is getting a bit weak. Too formulaic, and the plot for this film was predictable from beginning to end. What I can say is that I like the detail to their legends, and the emotions in the film are very strong. This film is suffering from what always happens to franchises that has many sequels.
I have to say that this franchise is getting a bit weak. Too formulaic, and the plot for this film was predictable from beginning to end. What I can say is that I like the detail to their legends, and the emotions in the film are very strong. This film is suffering from what always happens to franchises that has many sequels.

Characters

I am going to keep this extremely short, since nothing of note really changed amongst any of the characters in the film at all.

Despite the fact that he meets and bond with his father, absolutely nothing changes with him. It is the same old, same old.
Despite the fact that he meets and bond with his father, absolutely nothing changes with him. It is the same old, same old.
He was a bit too bitter and over the top for my liking in this film. He does go back to normal 2/3rd in the movie though.
He was a bit too bitter and over the top for my liking in this film. He does go back to normal 2/3rd in the movie though.
Li Shan
He is literally the same as his son.
I like it that he was a mix of funny and intimidating, also giving him history with Oogway. Otherwise, eh.
I like it that he was a mix of funny and intimidating, also giving him history with Oogway. Otherwise, eh.

Animation

One thing that the company gets right is the animation. I love how they always explore new aspects into China, and the forestry was very exquisite. The movement in animation has gotten better and better, and the special effects are more beautiful and complex within each film. It is brilliant.

Music

When focusing on the music, there is nothing really to say about it. It is good, but there are no songs, and the score is the typical epic Chinese score we have received throughout this entire franchise.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on January 23rd in China, and the 29th in most other places, it made $142 million domestically, and $375 million elsewhere, with an international total of $517 million as of May 16th.

In regards to the critical reaction, there was a lot of positive reception by critics and audiences alike. Many liked that it continued the trend and formulas from the other films, and continued the story like a good sequel should do, but many people felt like it was just passable.

Final Score

Story: 7/10

Characters: 6.5/10

Animation: 9/10

Music: 8.5/10

= 31/40 = 78%

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10 thoughts on “Kung Fu Panda 3 review

  1. I guess I’m a sucker for a pro-adoption message and really liked how that was handled in the film. It was so much better than I expected to be. I liked it a lot.

    1. I do love how the franchise in general handles the message of adoption (which isn’t in much of the media). Maybw the father was just a bit too much for my liking, but I have never been in the position of adoption to judge.

  2. I agree with everything you said about this film. It is easily the weakest film in the Kung Fu Panda series. Not only does it feel redundant, but it also feels a bit childish as well. The second film had a serious tone. So to see this film have more of a comedic tone was kind of jarring. It’s still a good film, but I did feel a bit dissapointed after I watched it.

    I think they should end the series with this film, but since Universal Studios has bought Dreamworks Animation. They’re most likely going to make them make another one.

    1. I heard that the company was planning on 6-7 films, which I have no idea how they are going to pull it off, while maintaining the quality. They are starting to slip.

      The film was definitely a lot more childish than the second one, but I don’t really remember if this was as childish as the first one, since the second film is a lot more serious than both.

      1. I don’t know how they are going to maintain the quality of the films either. Which is why I really hope they end the series with this film. I don’t want it to end up like the Shrek franchise or the Ice Age franchise.

      2. I agree. The HTTYD franchise is smart to end at 3 films. When the main character is starting to repeat plots, that is usuall a sign.

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