This is your classic Portal 1 vs Portal 2 debate. Which is better? Now I LOVE Kung Fu Panda. Its a thing of beauty. It didn't need a sequel. The story was self-contained, it tied up all loose ends, and with How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek 4, its my all-time favorite DreamWorks CGI film. When Panda 2 came out, I have to admit I was overall impressed. The scenery, the locations were gorgeous, and the villain, Lord Shen, is pretty damn awesome too. Regretfully, all the other characters were pretty forgettable. The whole "Mr. Ping ain't my dad" subplot got way too much attention. Why? The Christmas special already established family is where the heart is, didn't it? That's the message I took with me. What difference does it make? Cause you say so story-writers? Its true a sequel can never be as original as, well, the original. But that nagging question is still begged: Is this better than the original? Short answer: No. Panda 2, unfortunately makes three egregious dumb cliches that managed to spoil the story for me.
- 1. The Worf Effect. Po at the end of the last film WAS A DRAGON MASTER. He dwarfed the Furious Five and even Master Shifu in terms of battle prowess and raw martial arts skills. The second still has him idolizing the failure-five, and now he can't even keep up with Shifu... what?!
- 2. The "Chosen One" Prophecy. Oh God No! A goat, Soothsayer, has a vision that "a warrior of black-and-white" will defeat Shen. That's all the story summarized to its bare working parts folks. Now, I HATE PROPHECIES. I detest them. They are self-fulfilling and dominate the plot. The villain tries to prevent "Teh Prophecy" and hero, fulfills it. How anticlimactic and pointless. Whoever thought this was a good idea?
- 3. THOSE. FLASHBACKS. Together with point 1, Po is crippled, burdened with memories of his mother. These flashbacks are horrendous because they keep reoccurring over and over and over... well you get the point. To get the same flashback popping in and out during awesome fighting scenes and character developments isn't as annoying as it is frustrating.
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