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Kung Fu Panda 3 Reviews & Discussion

Here's the wiki's official discussion and review thread on Kung Fu Panda 3, along with a new poll to vote on!


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What did you think about Kung Fu Panda 3?
  • ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Pure awesomeness!
  • ★ ★ ★ ★ Very good sequel!
  • ★ ★ ★ It was alright.
  • ★ ★ Not really my favorite one.
  • ★ Terrible!
  • ☆ I haven't seen it yet!
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TheGuardianOfTheYinAndYang
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Mei Mei is intentionally designed to look like a Chinese wife to emphasize her desire to be married. Not to keep harping on this, but that's something they could have subverted with her wanting to be more than that, and it would have made her a sort of female Po too. I certainly don't feel like variety has ever been missing from this franchise though, especially not with the introduction of literally an entire alternate plane of existence. 

See, I LIKE the lack of emotional connection between Po and Kai. There's still that parallel, but it's more subtle, which serves to make Kai seem more dangerous since he's the first villain that Po does not try to connect with or redeem in any way. He's the only villain of the three I truly feel is a lost cause. 

I like how you say you don't like the second movie, then say nothing but good about it. You also gave it a higher rating. Might want to reeavulate your opinions there. :P

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This is what i dont understand about internet, in internet for some reason the people always see the things in "Black and White" while they should see the things in "Colors". Maybe i dont like the second movie for the feeling it gave me, for some missed opportunities and because it was dark, unexpectedly dark.

But that doesnt mean the second movie is bad, the movie has a lot of great things, how Po changes and accepts his past, while he tries to fight this emotions inside him. I also like a lot how Shen was made a great opposite to Po too.

Kung Fu Panda 3 big problem is comedy, it has too much comedy, i dont like Dreamworks comedy, because they are too silly and safe. The old comedies were really great but the new ones like "Home" or "Trolls" this kind of movie are too safe for kids and i believe kids need to learn dark things sometimes about life and that is what i liked a lot about Kung Fu Panda, how the movies always were for kids, but inside them it always was a mature message or teaching for kids.

Kung Fu Panda 3 dont lose this way, it have great teachings that any one can related to, from a kid to an adult. But the comedy always for me at less ruined the moments where the development of character or strong moments or learning were happen, like the final battle where Po have to ruin that cool "Dragon Chi thing" doing a bunch of Jokes out of place and the classic one liner we get in every movie.

So is okay, because for me Kai was awesome and i dont know if i want more of this movies, because if we are going to have another one i dont want this quality again, i dont want this kind of comedy again, i am done, if they are force to do another Kung Fu Panda movie i believe the only place they can go is 5 years in the future or 2 years in the future and a relationship between Tigress and Po. While something really bad emerges.

Because we alredy had 3 villains from the past, Tai Long was from the past of Shifu, Shen was from the past of Po, Kai was from the past of Oogway.

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Doesn't change the fact that you gave the second movie a higher rating than this one, then said you liked it less. Just saying. 

I didn't particularly care for the comedy in the first movie because it had way too much emphasis on slapstick and fat jokes for my taste. By contrast, the comedy in 2 is a lot more witty and character-driven. Even if this one leaned a bit more towards the former, there was still plenty of the latter. And Kai constantly spouts hilarious dark humor, which is mostly new for this franchise. 

The chi dragon scene was awesome specifically BECAUSE of the comedy. The whole point of that scene was Po coming to terms with his identity, so Po not acting like Po would have completely defeated the purpose. Also, seeing a big, unstoppable villain get tossed around like a ragdoll by someone barely taking it seriously is just inherently awesome. It's probably my favorite scene of the movie. 

I'd discuss future movies, but we already have a thread for that. Though I will say I like your idea of a time skip (and a time ship. Ugh, that was terrible). 

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Again, maybe you dont like something but that doesnt mean is good and sadly that was the case of Kung Fu Panda 2, i maybe dont like it a lot for how dark it was but it is a better movie than Kung Fu Panda 3.

The Big Problem of Kung Fu Panda 3 is how fast it is, how they try to tell it and how forced is the comedy, the only three problems i saw. The Story is great, the action is great, the whole development and themes are great. But how fast everything happens and how forced the comedy felt ruins the movie for me.

Kung Fu Panda 1 had a lot of comedy but the thing is, in that moment and time Po was a fat Geek Guy who loved Kung Fu and wanted to be like his idols.

In Kung Fu Panda 2 he was silly, pretty dumb sometimes but clearly he was just naive.

In Kung Fu Panda 3 they try to force the same Po from Kung Fu Panda 1 and for me it was a huge let down, like Po alredy knows the Jade Palace, i believe now when he tries to show his father this place the both of them would be a little bit more careful like his son wasnt in the first movie, but we dont see this happen, he just becomes the same guy from the first movie again.

Later when Shifu discover the disaster he goes out of character, because Shifu is this angry master but now he isnt, because for the sake of comedy we need to pass this moment and let the people focus in how Li is Po father.

What i really like for the sake of comedy is how nobody knows who the hell is Kai, that is really funny, to see how Shifu doesnt know who the hell Kai is, but at the end Po is the first person in all the movie who knows who he is.

That is how a joke works well, when the joke works with the character and it is part of the character. But when the joke feels forced and lost.

I dont know this movie is good...

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Uh...Po never stopped being that geeky fanboy of kung fu. Ever. That's been his single most prominent character trait throughout the entire series. You seem to think he wasnt like this in 2 for some reason when he still freaked out about Rhino's death, was super excited about meeting Ox and Croc, and repeatedly tried to emulate the stereotypical kung fu badass (and failed miseably).There's no reason to believe that he wouldn't eventually go along with his dad in messing with the hall, especially since he was clearly resistant to the idea at first. You're complaining about a character change that simply never happened. 

In Shifu's case, you're ignoring a change that DID happen. He is not the angry master anymore. He hasn't been since the first movie. He's mellowed out now to the point where Po finding his birth father completely overwrites any anger he might have had, showing how far he's come in opening up to his students. 

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Berserker88x said:

Completely disagreee about Kai. He's not a great villain because of his motives, but because of his unique abilities, charm, and sense of humor. Villains like this don't even NEED a deeper motivation to be great. The fact that he even has a hint of one is just a nice bonus.

Honestly, I think a good villain should have both. That's the main problem I have with Kai. At first glance, he has almost everything going for him. He's big and intimidating. He's got a deep, booming voice, a good amount of humor and some really unique powers as well. The ability to turn his enemies into zombie-like jade soldiers that fight for him really makes him a threat to be reckoned with. But because we know next to nothing about his backstory or his motivations, even a villain as cool as him can fall flat. Who is he? Where'd he come from? Why is he so obsessed with collecting everyone's chi? We never find out. What little information we do know about him is underwhelming at best. All we are ever told is that he once fought alongside Oogway a long time ago and after discovering the power of chi, tried to take it all for himself, and was banished to the Spirit Realm by Oogway as a result. We never see him develop past this. That's not to say he isn't still a decent villain. But compared to what we got with Shen from the previous movie and how more and more layers are added to his character as the story progresses or even Tai Lung from the first movie, Kai seems rather underwhelming.

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That is the big problem with Kai, he is underdeveloped. Because Tai Lung was the hero from his own story and his motivations were build in deception and anger.

Shen was crazy and he even if his motivations and plans were really simple and cliche, Shen itself was a good character.

Kain in the other side, has the voice, has the design, has the powers, but his backstory even if it is cool and interesting, is underdeveloped, we doesnt know a lot about Kai, only that he wants to destroy Oogway Legacy, Kung Fu and that is.

It depends in how you see it.

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^ It does indeed. The way I see it, people have gotten too used to complex, tragic villains from this franchise to the point where they think it's a requirement. There are numerous examples of great villains out there with far less complexity than Kai gets. Hell, I'd even include the Wolf Boss under that banner (poor guy is so overshadowed). I like my sympatheic villains as much as the next guy, but we've had two of those already. I was really hoping for a change of pace with Kai, a villain more outright evil and funny, and that's exactly what I got. 

Besides which, the amount of actual backstory we get is roughly the same. We get a brief glimpse of Tai Lung raised by Shifu, a brief glimpse of Shen and his parents, and a brief glimpse of Kai and Oogway. The only difference is that Kai doesn't give as much personal insight into it. I don't really care about where he came from because that's not the important part. The important part is that he's a ruthless, power-hungry d***, whose only tether to morality was a single person, and even that person couldn't change his ways in the end. That's interesting enough for me. 

Even if I do still think Shen was a better villain overall, I think I like Kai more by personal preference, if that makes sense.

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I just saw it yesterday afternoon and all I can think of to say is it was EPIC!!!!!!!!!! But now that he has mastered chi, what more is there for the next movie? The Celestial Phoenix? Jk XD. Sorry, that's for another thread, I know.

It's interesting that Po's real name is Lotus, it sounds kinda girly. I still like Po better. XP

I am soooo glad they didn't do too much with Mei Mei, for some reason I don't really like her. Not that I'm a TiPo shipper, I just don't really like the idea of Mei Mei falling in love with him or anything, I guess. :P  

There were a few things I disagree with, but WHATEVER! I also LOOOVE Kai's music, I've listened to it over and over on Spotify already. XD

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Saw it was not my favorite out of all kung fu panda movies, for one they did not introduce the new characters enough and i think everything was to cramped together, although i thought the music and animation was great, even better so then the last two films, but still i thoght it was still good movie, no mater how many problems i found with it. Not as good as the last two movies but still a must see.

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