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'Kung Fu Panda', Worth the Wait?

June 4, 2008 (8:35 am) GMT
In less than three days, the comedy animation movie featuring the voices of Jack Black and Angelina Jolie will be hitting the big screen, but is it worth the pay?

Po has a big dream, a dream of becoming a kung fu hero. However, he is big, fat and extremely clumsy and to make matter worse, he is the laziest animal on the planet. No wonder that nobody in his entire village ever believes in his capability of making his dream a reality. Often being the object of ridicule, he tries to prove himself in a competition looking for the ultimate Dragon Warrior. Amazingly, he ends up with the title and a whole lot more as he now has to prepare himself to live up to the legendary role and save his town from the great villain lurking from a distance.

Promising to present a 'zero to hero' tale of a noodle serving panda who gets once in a lifetime chance of becoming a kung-fu legend, the animation comedy film "" is about to give movie-lovers opportunity to laugh out loud and to collect massive success at the box office. With the Academy Award-nominated director Mark Osborne serving as its co-helmer and a slew of A-list actors, including , , , and filling up the characters' voices, it seems that those are not hard to achieve. At least, most of the movie critics believe so.

After the DreamWorks' animation flick had its first screening at the 61st Cannes Film Festival, positive reviews have come pouring in. Noting that this movie is definitely aimed for younger crowds, the children that is, James Berardinelli of Reel Views commented that the movie generates enough "technical savvy" and "provides sufficient fun" to be one of the major summer movies at the box office. Obviously in the same mood as Berardinelli, if not better, Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt exclaimed that "Panda embraces humor that plays well across age groups and nationalities". Richard Corliss from Time added the praise stating that it offers "cunning visual art and ultra-satisfying entertainment".

Though most critics agree on it having the possibility of becoming summer blockbuster film, some still present less complimenting critics. Todd McCarthy of Variety wrote down that though he believes this movie is a nice looking one, it is a "heavily formulaic" movie. Furthermore, Emanuel Levy also grades this movie as too formulaic stating that "Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger's storytelling is quite calculated and John Stevenson and Mark Osborne's filmmaking is by-the-book".

All and all, it is safe to say that "Kung Fu Panda" that will arrive on the theaters this Friday, June 6, is worth the waiting.

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