Kung fu is awesome, pandas are awesome, Jack Black is occasionally awesome... Well what could go wrong... Nothing! :)
I grew up on the classic Kung Fu. I'm talking, one armed, badly dubbed, sword swinging, master of the flying saw thingy, 20 minute showdown rocking, classics. And the spirit of those in no small portion is alive and well in the 2000 and 8 animated release, who would have guessed. I had this film being built up in my mind since the first teaser trailer, so I was worried that their was no way it could live up, and yet, it sure freaking did.
So big fat Panda dreams of being a ninja master, alongside the legendary Furious Five. Insert big screw up, and an old kung fu turtle picks him as the dragon warrior. At the same time big bad ass tiger guy breaks out from prison (in an insanely awesome sequence of axes and pretty shiny things). So despite the negative energy he receives from the "Five" and their master, he must train to become awesome so that he may defeat the impending evil. Only problem, he sucks at Kung Fu... well until the teacher discovers a secret training to get to him...
Okay so not the most original story, I know. We've all seen the loser to kung fu hero story a few hundred times... well assuming you watched classic kung fu, if not, you've seen it like 14 times. At no time, did I feel like any part of this story was treading familiar water. That is due to the genius structure of every aspect of this flick. The voice acting is great (Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, etc, etc), the writing is never tacky, all the jokes are part of the plot (no random things thrown in, like say in "Shrek"), the fights, my god the fights are just fantastic. All kinds of little references thrown in for the old skool buffs like me, and I loved it. Definitely my favorite flick of the year so far, I know, I know, crazy, but its so damn enjoyable. Did I mention there's a giant panda and he kicks things... and oh sweet Mary... Skee-douche... so sweet
Movie scale 4 out of 5 stars
Animated scale 4.5 out of 5 stars
Get furry and grab some bamboo bitches,
Boony is out this hoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!