Friday, July 4, 2008

Kung Fu Panda

So I saw Kung Fu Panda. This review will be short, because I don't have much to say about it. It's a cross between an episode of Sesame Street and a Jackie Chan movie, with dialogue inspired by fortune cookies. There isn't really anything wrong with it, and there are several things that it does well, but it never rises above the level of a decent cartoon. The animation is beautiful, there are many scenes that are humorous or clever, the action is exciting, and then it ends fairly quickly. That was probably the best part - it was mercifully short. The kids in the theater where I saw it seemed to like it, and I'm sure it will function very effectively as an electronic babysitter for years to come. There aren't any silly pop culture references, and I'm sure that there are some references to real Chinese culture, which is nice, so four year-olds will have a bit of a multicultural experience, which is nice. The plot is interesting enough to hold a kid's attention. But not mine.

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