My brother was off from work yesterday for a checkup, so we decided to catch the 5:30 P.M. showing of Kung Fu Panda 2 at the Regal Westbury Stadium 12. With a coupon from LivingSocial, two tickets cost us a total of $9.
My brother and I thought the original Kung Fu Panda was a great, complete story. We were prepared for the sequel to pale in comparison, but I have to say it held its own. Dragon Warrior Po (Jack Black) and the Furious Five must confront peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), who intends to defeat kung fu and rule all China with the threat of gunpowder.
In an era when good movies no longer stand alone, Kung Fu Panda 2 could have been much worse. Aside from some pacing issues, it's a fine follow-up.