Kung Fu Panda is an animated film about a Panda who loves Kung Fu, where he finds himself having to learn it and save his community from his Master’s nemesis.
I recommend it for kids and adults. The story is simple but engaging, with laugh-out-loud moments. The action scenes are incredible: intense, fast, and fun – it could make you dizzy. The animation is well done.
I took my saven year old daughter (Caitlyn) to see the movie. She laughed out loud at parts, as I did (although different parts). she wasn’t scared during the intense, dark scenes, although I did hear some kids crying during the movie.
I wasn’t aware of the voice actors before I saw it, but the voices seemed familiar during the film, although they weren’t distracting. Only when I saw the credits did I associate the voices with the actors.
The Maltese Falcon — I saw it tonight in a theatre. It was okay, but it’s not in the same league as Casablanca. Bogart’s performance is uneven, the romantic element is unconvincing and the story isn’t too intriguing or compelling. For me, it has more style than substance. And even then, it’s not spectacular. My favourite film noir starring Bogart — if you really want to aim for cool just for the sake of being cool — is The Big Sleep, which would be great to see in a theatre. (April 7/08)
The Forbidden Kingdom — A forgettable martial arts film with Jet Li and Jackie Chan. It’s not unwatchable but it ain’t worth watching. (April 20/08)
The Mist — I couldn’t watch more than 30 minutes of Stephen King’s The Mist. Judging only from what I saw, it’s a horror film in the sense that the writing is horrible, the acting is horrible and the special effects are horrible. Everything is so bad, I thought I might enjoy it as a B-movie. And maybe I can. But not today. (April 27/08) Okay, I managed to come back and watch the rest of it. The special effects get a little better and the acting gets worse (the script certainly doesn’t make it easy for them). I can see how the story of a bunch of people stuck in a grocery store while a mist outside full of tentacles and creepy crawlies kills anyone who walks out the door could be a scary movie, but by trying too hard to be dramatic, it’s just stupid. The person I saw the movie with said this: “Man, that movie sucked. Were we ever afraid of anything? Did we ever feel any emotion the director wanted us to feel when he wanted us to feel it? I can’t believe it gets a better rating on Rotten Tomatoes than The Science of Sleep. That’s messed up.” Yup. (April 29/08)