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Kung Fu Panda 3

Summary: Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd March 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, China

Director: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Screenwriter: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger

Cast: Jack Black (Po (voice)), Jackie Chan (Monkey (voice)), Radzi Chinyanganya (Mi (voice)), Bryan Cranston (Li (voice)), David Cross (Crane (voice)), Barbara Dirickson (Grandma Panda (voice)), Steele Gagnon (Bao (voice)), Willie Geist (Dim (voice)), Dustin Hoffman (Shifu (voice)), April Hong (Mrs. Chow (voice)),  James Hong (Mr. Ping (voice)), Kate Hudson (Mei Mei (voice)), Angelina Jolie (Tigress (voice)), Knox Jolie-Pitt (Ku Ku (voice)), Pax Jolie-Pitt (Yoo (voice)), Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (Shuai Shuai (voice)), Zahara Jolie-Pitt (Meng Meng (voice)), Randall Duk Kim (Oogway (voice)), Liam Knight (Lei Lei (voice)), Wayne Knight (Big Fun/Hom-Lee (voice)), Lucy Liu (Viper (voice)), Seth Rogen (Mantis (voice)), Al Roker (Sum (voice)), Lindsey Russell (Peony (voice)), J.K. Simmons (Kai (voice)), Fred Tatasciore (Master Bear (voice)), Ming Tsai (Ming (voice)), Jean-Claude Van Damme (Mast Croc (voice))

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR KUNG FU PANDA 3 REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

John Noonan:

Five years since he last skiddooed onto the scene, Po the Panda is back and this time, for fear of sounding like a movie poster, he’s bringing the whole family. Yes, a chance encounter at his adoptive father’s restaurant leads  Po (Jack Black) to meeting up with his long lost Dad, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston). Meanwhile, the vengeful spirit of a great warrior known as Kai (JK Simmons) has returned to the mortal realm and is seeking to steal Po’s chi.

This is the second sequel to DreamWorks’s 2008 hit and it’s amazing to see the difference between this and their previous flagship series, Shrek. By the time Shrek coughed and spluttered into his third sequel, the franchise was nothing more than weak storylines on which to pin dated pop culture references and Eel songs.

Conversely, Kung Fu Panda 3 allows Po and his pals to grow organically. Despite being declared Dragon Warrior in the previous film, there’s still much for the young panda to learn. Including it seems, that of how to be a panda. With his newly found father, Po ventures to their secret village in the hills to understand panda nature (tips include that they don’t do stairs and they don’t get up before midday) and potentially learn something that can defeat Kai.

Yes, this ‘just be yourself’ through line is a tried and tested formula, but it’s yet to feel derivate in the Panda universe. Po, despite his prowess, is a still a student. He has questions about his place in the universe that he hopes to answer. Meanwhile, there is only so many ways to you teach an ogre that’s okay to be an ogre, as long as you change yourself a bit.

Kung Fu Panda 3, as has become expected, is beautiful with traditional animation – admittedly done by computers – used for line drawn flashbacks. It’s a simple trick, but one that is used to great and emotional effect. Elsewhere the vocal talent is uniformly brilliant, with JK Simmons sounding like he’s channelling the angriest of angry John Goodmans, whilst James Hong steals every scene as Po’s adoptive father, Mr Ping; who doesn’t take kindly to others cutting his grass.

Rumours are that DreamWorks’s have at least another three chapters in the story of Po, and whilst that is a tempting offer, should they never surface, rest assured Kung Fu Panda 3 is a wonderful and joyous ending to a truly enjoyable series of films.

Stars(4)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)

 

IMDB Rating: Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Kung Fu Panda 3 reviews: Nil

Trailer:

Summary:When long-term congressman Cam Brady commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice, but with the help of his new benefactors support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there s room to dig a whole lot deeper.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 12th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Jay Roach

Screenwriter: Shawn Harwell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay

Cast: Dan Aykroyd (Wade Motch), Sarah Baker (Mitzi Huggins), Elizabeth Wells Berkes (Mrs. Mendenhall), Wolf Blitzer (himself), Mika Brzezinski (herself), P.J. Byrne (Rick), Brian Cox (Raymond Huggins), Randall D. Cunningham (Cam Jr.), John F. Daniel (Giant Marty), Millard Darden (Moderator Carl Terry), Peaches Davis (Mrs. Cutler), Dylan DePaula (Young Cam), Will Ferrell (Cam Brady), Zach Galifianakis (Marty Huggins), Willie Geist (himself), Grant Goodman (Clay Huggins), Kya Haywood (Dylan Huggins), Amelia Jackson-Gray (Becky), Kate Lang Johnson (Shana), Rowan Joseph (Reporter Gary), Katherine LaNasa (Rose Brady), Heather Lawless (Diane), Josh Lawson (Tripp), John Lithgow (Glenn Motch), Parker Lovein (Jared Mendenhall), Tzi Ma (Mr. Zheng), Bill Maher (himself), Rob Mariano (Boston Rob), Scott A. Martin (Wes), Karen Maruyama (Mrs. Yao), Chris Matthews (himself), Gerry May (Carter Baines), Jack McBrayer (Mr. Mendenhall), Dylan McDermott (Tim Wattley), Thomas Middleditch (Travis), Dennis Miller (himself), Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin (The Miz), Piers Morgan (himself), Lawrence O’Donnell (himself), Aaron Jay Rome (Intern Jason), Joe Scarborough (himself), Ed Schultz (himself), Billy Slaughter (Dermot), Catherine Stevens (Anchor Rachel), Jason Sudeikis (Mitch), Taryn Terrell (Janette), Ramona Tyler (Reporter Brenda Britton), Danny Vinson (Elder Dan), Steve Wilkins (Reporter Darren), Bill Martin Williams (Senator Lloyd), Madison Wolfe (Jessica Brady)

Runtime: 85 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Campaign’ Review:

American comedy has hit a purple patch at the moment. With the releases of brilliant films such as Bernie and Ted already this year it’s like everybody is just waiting for the bubble to burst and next bad comedy to be released (aside – when is Adam Sandler releasing his next film???), but luckily for everyone it doesn’t arrive in the form of The Campaign. Yet again it’s time to line up at the cinemas for another American comedy that is guaranteed to make you laugh.

The Campaign follows an election campaign for a small Congress seat in North Carolina between the sitting member, Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell – Casa de mi Padre, TV’S Eastbound & Down) and his surprise opponent Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis – The Muppets, Puss InBoots).

While Brady is in it for the fame and fortune, Marty actually wants to get elected in order to help out the people he is representing. Soon both Cam and Marty are involved in a dirty tricks campaign, spurred on by their right hand men Mitch (Jason Sudeikis – TV’S Eastbound & Down, The Cleveland Show) and Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott Nobody Walks, TV’S American Horror Story). Also lurking in the background are corrupt businessmen Glenn (John Lithgow – New Year’s Eve, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) and Wade Motch (Dan Aykroyd – TV’S Happily Divorced & The Defenders).

Director, Jay Roach (Dinner For Schmucks, Meet The Fockers) does an amazing job with this film. He skims quickly over the jokes that bomb and lingers just long enough on the ones that work. There are literally scenes in this film, for those who have seen it think of Cam trying to recite The Lord’s Prayer, that seem to keep going and going but they work amazingly well and have you laughing throughout.

The screenwriters also do an amazing job, not only for delivering some zinging jokes but also remembering that even comedy films need characterization. Both Cam and Marty are well established (and likable), and even the minor characters are explored enough to make them work. But the big job that the screenwriters pull off is the fact that they deliver a powerful message about big business leading to political corruption but still make the film funny.

The clear standouts here are the leading men. This is one of the times when Will Ferrell is at the top of his game, he has a good script to work with and relishes it. Alongside him we also see Zach Galifianakis once again showing why he deserves to be called as Hollywood’s best current comedic actor. Together in The Campaign these two are an absolute riot.

The Campaign is guaranteed to make you laugh. Sometimes it reaches for the crass comedy gutter, but at the end of the day it’s an intelligent comedy that works well.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Campaign’: http://www.helium.com/items/2357477-movie-reviews-the-campaign-2012

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: The Campaign (2012) on IMDb