A brutal, but just downright incredible dark fantasy film. As an art student, I found this movie incredibly inspiring, just because its so dark and different from what you normally see in a fantasy film.
It might not appeal to everybody, but its a rather adorable story that I enjoyed. I'll admit, being a dragon-lover, that the whole "dragon" part of this movie is what appealed to me the most, but even those that don't have a soft spot for the big scaly creatures still might like it. It's not a 'great' movie, but it was worth watching.
Taking a slightly more serious and deeper role than the first film, while still keeping the charm from the first, Kung Fu Panda 2 ends up being a well-rounded family film that should satisfy kids, teenagers, and adults alike.
Po, the newly announced Dragon Warrior, finds himself questioning his past and who his true parents are. The new villan, along with Po and Master Tigress, show that Dreamworks can create characters with depth and the ability to develop overtime. Lord Shen's evil plot actually has some believable backing to it, and we see him briefly struggle with the idea that despite his horrible actions, his parents still loved him. Po's revelations of his past are deeply saddening, and something unexpected of a character we've seen so far as to be almost always in good spirits. Tigress, who has been mostly devoted to keeping her emotions in check, begins to show sympathy for Po, letting him know she does understand his pain.
Not all of the humor will satisfy everyone, as it is geared towards a younger audience, but the action, story, and character development should be enough to satisfy everyone else.
This is another case of a movie that's all action, and but a sprinkle of acting and story. With a stale cast, and bland acting, it fails to thrive on interesting characters. You might want the good guys to win, but you never really care too much about who dies and who doesn't.
The story itself is nothing spectacular at all. Aliens invade earth, humans get hit hard, humans retaliate and find weak spot of aliens...you probably knew how this was going to end before you even finished the trailer.
The action however is the juice that keeps this movie flowing. While I'd hate to say that among the many movies that have sacrificed storytelling for mindless action, it's fairly entertaining enough to watch.
In any case, this is just another movie that should be added as evidence that hollywood is loosing its way (if it hasn't already), and storytelling has all but gone down the drain, perhaps to satisfy a generation that no longer cares about good movies but instead just wants things that go "boom" and "bang" all the time.
With incredible, jaw-dropping visuals and a great cast of hearty characters, Tintin succeeds at being a fantastic adventure film. It's not much more than that, however, as there is little more than the meager plot which could be summed up into "Find treasure, beat bad guy.". However, for the adventure we've been given, it is certainty exciting and does not dull or even leave the audience without a slow hanging moment. Some might not like the fast-paced action of the animation; I can agree that even the most action-packed movies need a few quiet, slow moments to balance the pace of the movie. However, I could not find enough faults to not recommend this fun movie to any of my friends.