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Friday, July 8th, 2011 05:36 am
I finally saw Kung Fu Panda 2, now that it's in the local cheapie theatre. Although "cheap" is relative thanks to this mandatory 3D crap nowadays. It gave a bit of interesting dimension during some scenes, but the jarring sensation every time the camera angle changed is seriously not worth the gimmickry. It shouldn't be as distracting as it is. And my absolute pet peeve is how modern-gen graphics make both the foreground and the background hyper-detailed -- it means objects and people are detailed even when you're not focused on them. Everything having the same level of hyper-realistic detail makes the whole thing look flat and cartoonish, and makes it hard to figure out where you're supposed to be looking. Ugh. Just. Using this technology effectively would be so much better than "OMG LOOK YOU GUYS WE HAS A GIMMICK!!1!"

Anyway. Kung Fu Panda! I guess it was an interesting enough version of that old "villain commits genocide attempting to avert a prophecy" chestnut. Love the humour and style brought to the table. I can see why the critics don't think a peacock villain is as intimidating as a snow leopard villain, but I thought Lord Shen was a much more interesting villain than Tai Lung. He's a more stereotypical take-over-the-world-with-my-superweapon-and-neverending-minions megalomaniac, sure. But more interesting to watch and listen to him speak. Kung fu peacock with feather blades was as cool as I hoped for!

My other favourite character is Master Crane, but he got the shaft in this movie. His Wings of Justice move was pretty cool, but other than that his contribution was, erm, flying. Which is default for a bird. Very little of the kung fu stuff that puts the "Master" in "Master Crane". Guess he's been demoted to a Pokemon-style HM slave or something, but I'm sure I can come up with a character development explanation to satisfy myself. When in doubt, apply fanon!

In summary, I liek me some anthro birds, clearly enough. And the movie was fun. I'd like to see more of the Kung Fu Panda franchise if they keep the quality this high. (I want a kung fu octopus! It'd be the coolest thing.)

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