The third movie in Dreamworks’ outstanding series of movies, the Kung Fu Panda gives moviegoers a masterful animated feature that wraps up the animated series. On its own the movie is great and delivers the promise of a satisfying third sequel. But when compared to its predecessor, Kung Fu Panda 2, the movie feels like it took a step down. The new villain of the movie feels less threating. The villain of the last of movie, Lord Shen, was intelligent and conniving which gave him an intimidating presence, whereas the new villain, Kai, felt lacking in the intimidation factor and is played more for laughs than being actual threat.
Outside of having a weak villain, Kung Fu Panda 3 has a good story with a great mix of comedic and serious moments that gives the movie a more adult tone, while at the same time keeping it light-hearted for younger audiences. Like any good sequel, Kung Fu Panda 3 continues where the last movie left off with the main character Po moving on from the events of the last movie. In his new role, Po faces the responsibility of becoming a teacher of Kung Fu, and throughout the movie, he slowly develops more into what he truly is destined to be, while at the same time dealing with Kai who plans to steal the chi of all the Kung Fu masters to become all-powerful. With everything that made this series so great, and an ending that brings all the characters into full circle, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a great movie for all ages. I give the movie a 4.5 out of 5, not perfect, but it is definitely a must see for everyone.
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