Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Movie Review

Kung Fu Panda 2 (originally entitled “Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom”) is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy film and the sequel to the 2008 film Kung Fu Panda. The cast of the original film reprised their voice roles. The film was released on May 26, 2011 in Real D 3D and Digital 3D.

Storyline

Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon.

Critical

Kung Fu Panda 2 has received positive reviews, with many critics praising its animation, 3D effects, and character development. The film received a “Certified Fresh” score of 84% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 133 critics and a rating average of 7 out of 10, with the consensus being that “The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.” It also received a weighted average score of 67 out of 100 at Metacritic, based on 31 reviews from mainstream critics.

Variety called the film “a worthy sequel that gets an extra kick from the addition of dynamic 3D fight sequences”while The Hollywood Reporter similarly praised the film.Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising the sequel as superior to the original and as an ambitious extension of the previous story.

Some critics noted the influences of executive producer Guillermo del Toro’s works in the film’s darker themes,and Jim Tudor of TwitchFilm.net describes that with del Toro on board, the film “effectively probes deeper into Po’s emerging hero’s journey and personal issues, evoking a truly fulfilling Campbellian archetype, but also remains fully viable as mainstream entertainment suitable for all ages.”

As with the first film, the animation has been praised. Frank Lovece of Film Journal International describes the film as “truly beautiful to behold” and states it “works on both aesthetic and emotional levels.”Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times writes that “For Panda 2 is not just wall-to-wall animation, it is artistry of the highest order.”

Box office

On its opening day, a Thursday, Kung Fu Panda 2 earned $5.8 million, taking second place to The Hangover: Part II.On Friday, Panda earned $13.1 million, which was behind the original’s $20.3 million opening-Friday. Over the three-day weekend, Panda earned $47.7 million, which was behind the first movie’s $60 million start.Kung Fu Panda 2 went on to make $13.2 million on Memorial Day, bringing its four-day weekend total to $60.9 million.Overall the film made $66.7 million in its first five days, but it still trailed behind the original film’s five day opening of $72.6 million. Altogether, Panda 2 earned the same amount of money in five days as the original Panda did in four. However, the opening still came in at the high end of DreamWorks Animation’s expectations.It also had the sixth highest opening weekend for a film that did not debut at #1.

Internationally, the film opened simultaneously with its North American debut in 11 markets, premiering at number-one in nine. This includes China, where at $16 million it broke that country’s record for the opening day of an animated film. The total foreign box-office earnings as of May 29, 2011, is $55.5 million, making a worldwide total of $108.9 million on its first weekend worldwide.

As of June 8, 2011 the film has grossed $107,487,068 in the United States and Canada as well as $145,614,009 internationally bringing its worldwide total to $253,101,077.

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