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Kung Fu Panda 3 is a suitable sayonara for Po and co.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is the final story of Po, the nerdy and lovable panda with passion for all things kung fu. Po must now master chi, the energy that runs through all things, in order to defeat Kai, a spirit warrior who is bent on capturing the chi of every kung fu warrior for himself.

The Good

  • The Kung Fu Panda series has always been easy on the eyes, and this film doesn’t disappoint in that regard
  • Has enough (predictable) emotional depth to be engaging
  • As expected, great voice acting from the entire cast
  • It’s funny
  • Great action scenes

The OK

  • Iffy pacing which may affect certain story elements
  • The Furious Five are really pushed to the side here
  • Slightly overly sentimental ending
  • Fairly predictable

The Bad

  • A major plot hole that is caused either by poor editing or poor writing

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed Kung Fu Panda 3. I felt it was a step up from the overly dark tone of the second film, but still not as great as the first movie. Unfortunately for this series of films, the first movie was (apart from a slightly lacklustre villain) almost perfect. The original Kung Fu Panda delivered on so many levels, but the subsequent films haven’t quite been able to capture Po’s growth the way it was done in the first film.

But yes, getting back on track. Kung Fu Panda 3 delivers in all the ways you expect it would. It’s pretty, it’s funny, and has enough story and character development to keep you engaged. However, it fails to reach greatness due to it sticking to an established formula, some iffy pacing, and having a plot hole so big that Godzilla would trip if he stepped in it.

Overall, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a good time with a reasonable amount of substance, but is lacking that spark that made the first film absolutely amazing. I’m glad that Dreamworks had the sense to call it quits with this final movie, as it seems like they were running out of chi.

 

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