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In his latest legendary adventure, Po must face the greatest threat of all, an ancient Kung Fu master, attempting to absorb every master's Chi power and become the most powerful master in China. Along with this, Po is faced with a challenge a little closer to home.

Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda) returns as Po, the lovable and incredibly powerful Dragon Warrior. Black is joined by an all star cast with newcomers Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and J.K Simmons (Whiplash) as his long lost father and greatest threat so far respectively. The voice talent in the Kung Fu Panda series is nothing short of excellent but we're not coming to these films to hear a few lines from Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs) and Angelina Jolie (By The Sea), we're coming for the laughs and the action, so how is the movie?

Kung Fu Panda 3 might honestly be the weakest in the trilogy, but that's not to say it's a bad film, it's actually a very entertaining animation. What has always surprised me about this series is the action, for an animated family film, the action is intense, exciting and intercut with comedy perfectly and this third film is no exception to that, the action scenes are stunning to look at and the film has a wonderful and charming sense of humor. The film also looks incredible, the 3D animation looks great but it's the scenes that include some beautiful 2D animation that really highlight the series' Asian influence that stand out.

Po is facing his most personal journey yet, his long lost father has finally found him and takes him back to the secret Panda village, where he will learn to master his Chi and defeat Kai, an ancient General hellbent on revenge against his old friend Master Oogway. Despite this being Po's most personal adventure yet, the film never carried the weight it should have done, probably because it's seeking a young audience and may lose them if it becomes too heavy, but as an older viewer, I struggled to get completely invested in the story despite having thoroughly enjoyed the previous two films.

The film is rather short coming in at around 90 minutes, so it definitely doesn't outstay it's welcome, it's quick and to the point, the action is spread out perfectly and the movie is funny throughout, I definitely recommend seeing Kung Fu Panda 3 is you're a younger viewer or a fan of the previous two films. I'm giving Kung Fu Panda 3 a 7.6/10.


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