I had the opportunity to go out with the family to see Kung Fu Panda. This was not a movie i was looking forward to but I am always up to get out with the kids on the weekend. I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old. We were not sure how are two year old would do. I knew my dour year old would sit through most of it.
Overall the movie is cute. Just imagine watching a Kung Fu movie in a cartoon format. Here is the basic plot.
“Po loves to play with action figures of the legendary Furious Five—Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. He dreams of being in their ranks as a true deliverer of kung fu awesomeness. But, alas, he is only a chubby, stumble-footed and easily winded panda, not a lightning-fast, disciplined martial artist. So he’s stuck in the family noodle business.
When word goes out that a Dragon Warrior will be chosen to fulfill legend and defend the Jade Kingdom from the dreaded martial arts master Tai Lung, Po can’t contain his excitement. With a great deal of effort he lugs his considerable heft up the hundreds of steps to the Jade Palace to see who will land the great honor.
Turns out, he lands it—after accidentally crashing the tryout party.
Nobody can believe it. Especially not the Furious Five and their kung fu master Shifu. But since the enemy is already on his way, they have to do something. If Tai Lung gets his hands on the lauded Dragon Scroll, he will surely be powerful enough to rule the world. Po must do whatever it takes to face the fearsome and treacherous foe. Uh … right after lunch, that is. ”
Overall the movie is fun. My two year old was not into the movie that much. My four year old got up a few times to go to the bathroom and since he saw his sister walking around, he want to do the same thing but he ended up watching 75% of the movie. I asked him if he liked the movie and he gave me an enthusiastic yes! What I saw of the movie, I enjoyed. I would recommend taking your kids. From personal experiences, I know my kids will copy what other kids do. If they see someone else up, then they will do the same. My son is older and better now. i would take him to most kid’s movie. My daughter I will probally wait another half year.
So I would give Kung Fu Panda 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. I would recommend it to anyone with kids or without. In regards to taking the kids to the theater, it really depends on the kid. It can be hit or miss, so beware. The first time I took my son to see a movie (Cars), he watched about 10 minutes of the movie and walked out. I would say this is definitely one of the best kid’s movie of 2008.