Wow, I'm the only one on this thread...how patheic....but whatever...
I plan to give my reviews here.
I've just seen Kung Fu Panda 2.
And, to be honest, it wasn't as great as I was expecting it to be.
It was not as funny or deep as the first one in my opinion. I feel all the heart in the first one was actually replaced with a constant action sequence in this one. It also went very quickly. There was no time for heart to heart with too many of the characters because there was just too much stuff and fighting for them to do.
Po also came across as a little more annoying in this one. He was constantly entergetic and his personality seemed to really be shoved in your face at some points. It was also odd to me how close the furious five were to him. Even Tigress. They all loved him in this one and accepted him, and I guess that's, well, evident because of what happens in the end of the first one...but they seemed too...close to me...I don't know.
It just seemed something was missing from their parts. I actually think Jackie Chan only got two LINES in this movie, as did Lucy Lou and David Cross...they were with Po throughout the movie, and that's why it was so sad to see something wrong with it...they were just THERE as opposed to having their presence actually mean something. Do you get what I mean?
The story line was also a little weak. It did seem like the makers HAD to have something happen in this one and made up a plot quickly.
Though the villain in this story was very interesting. But I guess I'm biased partly because Gary Oldman is one of my favorite actors. I was surprised how much he was in this movie. He was in a LOAD of scenes and did play an important part.
But we can forget all that right now, because this is the Dustin Hoffman forum, so let's talk about Dustin Hoffman!!!
Shifu was not in this movie for very long. If I had to guess, he was only in about...ten minutes of the movie all together. But you did feel his character meant something important. Now I'm going to talk more about his scenes with contain SPOILERS.
Dustin is in four scenes all together. He's in:
- The scene at the beginning, when Po goes to visit him and Shifu talks to him about inner peace
- The scene where he gets the news that the Rhino guy (forgot his name) died and Lord Shen is taking over China. This is when he tells Po and the Furious Five their next mission, to which they leave and he stays behind to focus on his inner peace (or something...)
- The scene after Po gets hit by the bomb. He isn't there when it happens, but after it happens he gets the feeling something horrible has happened to Po and falls to the ground frightened (this last for a few seconds...)
- The scene in the end where he eventually comes to help Po and The Furious Five defeat Lord Shen
Shifu was a major character in the first one, but he is a very minor one in the second. You still get the feeling he is important though.
The scene in the end when Po faces Lord Shen in the water and Shifu watches on a pile of driftwood is dramatic and touching because this is when you see the concern look on Shifu's face and realize how much Shifu does care for Po and how far their relationship has come without words. I find it somewhat amusing that Po AND Shifu don't seem to realize this, but the audience does. Besides Po, Shifu doesn't seem to have any sort of relationship to any other characters in this movie. Not Tigree, not the Furious Five, not Lord Shen, no one really...just Po.
It's hard to comment on Dustin's part in particular since...well, how can you judge voice acting?
It was like the first one. He did have many amusing and witty lines though that even made me laugh.
Hopefully, in the end, his character will be that much more important in the third. I hope they don't keep up that thing where Shifu just tells Po and The Furious Five about their next mission and sends them away. What a buzz kill....