Popspotting #58: “Kung Fu Panda 2” & “Fast Five” (May 30, 2011)
It seems every summer is the summer of sequels, but both of today’s featured pair of films were a pleasant surprise.
“Kung Fu Panda 2” from Dreamworks delivers a surprisingly solid plot on top of kid-friendly fun and sharp animation, with more to offer than the first outing. While animated, the movie demonstrated a great sense of physics, and many of the visual pieces were as dazzling as anything conjured by “real” action movie directors. It almost made us wish we’d seen the movie in 3D.
And while “Fast Five” was a great big noisy ball of ridiculousness, it wore its big-budget blockbuster genes well. We loved and saw the first “The Fast and the Furious” film… then missed all the ones that followed. But this most recent outing was still a great ride, good enough to make us not mind early talk of a sixth sequel. I don’t know if you’d call what Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are doing in this movie “acting,” but it’s fun to watch.
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Utterly agree on Fast Five – true escapist stuff, easy to get into and out of, and very watchable, with good laughs and phenomenal action. Only went in as it fitted between two other films I’d wanted to see that day and I’m so very glad I did!
Jen almost had to drag me, though I can appreciate big dumb fun as well as anyone. It helped that the film wasn’t at all self conscious and just went for it.
Haven’t caught up to this episode yet, but my wife and I saw Kung Fu Panda 2 opening weekend. Â We thought it was wonderful. Â Have to admit that I got pretty choked up in some of the scenes. Â Most of the flashbacks to Po’s youth sucker punched me straight in the heart.
If other films bothered to give writing as much importance as this film did, then the cinema would be a much more interesting place. Â That and what a great score. Â I think the music moved me as much as anything.