However, the true journey for Po is the search for meaning in his origins and to conquer the path of inner peace. Due to the mature nature of the plot, Kung Fu Panda 2 seems far from a simple children’s movie. Most adults can relate to Po’s quest for peace during distressful moments in life and Po’s goofy demeanor only makes his journey all the more humorous.
Po is accompanied by the Furious 5, which is comprised of Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), and David Cross as the Crane. Of all of these characters, the most outspoken other than Po is Tigress who serves both as a mentor and big sister figure for Po. Needless to say, she along with the Soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) challenge Po throughout the movie to seek the inner peace through humility, meditation, and perseverance.
As Lord Shen’s army wreaks havoc on a neighboring city, the Furious Five has to come up with creative ways to combat his soldiers without getting killed in the process. As expected, all of the action scenes are colorful and vibrant displays of animated skill. Every combat scene is fast paced and exceptionally realistic- especially the scenes when the gang is racing through the streets to avoid capture from the evil army. The fight scene in which the Furious Five pauses in the air is illuminating and touching at the same time as Po cant help but look around and exclaim “I love you guys”. Graphically, the Chinese city’s construction is enticing enough to make anyone want to visit China as soon as possible.
Overall, Kung Fu Panda 2 is an amazing movie with a plot that all ages can appreciate. Not only does Po have to combat an external enemy, he must challenge the cause of his confusion about his origins and accept that love comes in all shapes, sizes, forms, and ages. He uses the inner peace that he has learned along his spiritual journey to outwit his enemies. At the beginning of the movie, Po has no idea that he is preparing to encounter a blast from his past that provides him with great clarity about his present relationship with his father. Kung Fu Panda rates 4 of 5.