Film Fans: 'Kung Fu Panda' full of family fun

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Kung Fu Panda."

3 stars out of 4

This is another animated movie that's very entertaining and fun to watch. It's about a clumsy Panda who's a waiter at his father's noodle restaurant, and by evening, he dreams of nothing else but to be a master in Kung Fu. When the High Master announces that this day he will choose the next Kung Fu master, he tries to attend, but can't get into the gates and ends up shooting over the wall, with fireworks attached to himself. In the right place at the right time, the High Master chooses him. The first couple of days he does nothing but complain and is lazy and even gets caught stealing food. He finally puts his mind to it and starts to train, and before he know it, (he) was doing Kung Fu. (The movie) lets you know if you set your mind on something, you can do it, you just have to try. Yes, this movie has many morals, but we all need those on a daily basis. I'd recommend seeing this movie. It's fun and worth the price of the ticket. There are lots of kicks and punches though, so do not be surprised if your child walks out of this movie throwing kicks and punches.

- Kelly Cain,


2 1/2 stars out of 4

"Kung Fu Panda" is an enjoyable movie with a great message for children (and adults). The children in the audience really liked it and laughed a lot. The animation is wonderful and the attention to detail is amazing. The screen bursts with an array of colors and Kung Fu moves to impress. Since the theme is Kung Fu, there is some mild violence. The movie starts at a good pace, lulls for a while, then picks up at about the 35-minute mark. On an aside, I did not recognize any of the celebrity voices except Jack Black, and that was only because I knew he voiced the panda.

- Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville