‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEWS

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My reaction to Kung Fu Panda 3: It was the best in the series! Truthfully, I thought the third movie was going to be dreadful. Another one of those movie series stretching the storyline too far to squeeze out another film. I couldn’t have been more wrong, it was amazing.

I would encourage my children to watch this film in place of others, if just to enforce the life lessons. The story is touching, one of self-realization, family, and a community uniting for the common good. A movie children can learn from while still having a laugh with Po (Jack Black) and his joyfully awkward personality.

Remember, I am paraphrasing here (read my movie disclaimer) but my favorite line from the film, “I’m not trying to turn you into me, I am trying to turn you into you.” I believe the message is an important one for parents and children to learn early together. The film is riddled with tidbits of morality. Other lines are important and encouraging for parents to hear to reinforce what we are all trying to accomplish and let us know it’s ok to mess up, “Sometimes we do the wrong things, for the right reasons.” There are a lot of adorable children’s movies out there but the best movies are ones that carry an important message. Kung Fu Panda 3 is a film every child should see!

From a child’s point of view: My toddler loved the movie, she sat more quietly than ever before. She said, “That movie was my favorite Kung Fu Panda… I loved all the little baby pandas!” Unfortunately, I can’t give you all her insight… it gives away all the good parts of the film. My baby also enjoyed the experience and was able to sit through the whole film without getting restless.

The theater: I think most children would be able to sit through the film in theaters. There were about 20 families at the showing. All were pretty quiet and still, but one family with older children was very distracted.

My final thoughts: The movie was uplifting and darling. One that I enjoyed, as well as my young children. Kung Fu Panda 3 is definitely a must see.


Disclaimer

I am not a movie reviewer, a film buff, or well versed in cinema history. You do not want to read my movie reviews if you want a play-by-play of the technical insights of the cinematic experience or a smart rant by a “film snob.” I am, however, a mother of two very small children: a baby and a toddler. My children have seen every kids movie in the theaters since their birth. They love going to the theater, and my toddler always offers up her own review after. Not only will my reviews briefly discuss my feelings, but also my children’s reaction to the movie. These reviews may have a lot more to do with a child’s point of view than many others. Many times I have a very different reaction than my children. I am also usually alone, taking my children to the movies. I do not have a pen and paper, writing down my analysis as I watch. I experience the movie with a baby on my lap, a toddler seated next to me, doling out snacks, water and hugs as I watch.

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