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Posted on 5/30/11 02:55 PM
Suprisingly good sequel that has every right to be considered better than its predecessor. First off the voice cast; Jack Black was made for this role, whether he would be happy to admit he was born to play a 600 pound Panda is unlikely, but his lovable oaf/geek persona is perfect (sorry Jack). Jolie adds some sass to her tigress, Rogen has a few decent one-liners, while the rest of The Furious Five do what they do best - hang around in the back. Gary Oldman adds another memorable bad guy to his resume (seriously, does this guy put a foot wrong?) and Hoffman's gruff whisper once again adds gravitas to his character.
There is a real playfulness and childlike exuberance at work here, from the anti-gravity action to the often hilarious one-liners. There are some great laugh out loud moments, provided mostly by Black, and the whole thing is over before you have a chance to get bored.
Animation is very probably the strongest movie genre at the moment, and this fun little film is a good example of it's strengths; beautiful to look at, funny and sometimes touching, while never taking itself too seriously. Your move Pixar, Roll on KFP3!