Kung Fu Panda 3

OUT MARCH 11 / CERT. PG / 95 MINS.

Empire (UK) - - IN CINEMAS - OR

DI­REC­TORS Jen­nifer Yuh Nel­son, Alessan­dro Car­loni CAST Jack Black, An­gelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston, J. K. Sim­mons, Dustin Hoff­man, Jackie Chan

This megabucks tril­ogy ends win­ningly with an in­stal­ment that sticks with the over­ar­ch­ing theme of be­ing true to one­self, par­tic­u­larly when kick­ing ass. But it also finds enough ideas to dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the first two. Po (Jack Black) has been tracked down by his long-lost fa­ther (Bryan Cranston) — great news if it weren’t for the god-like war­rior who has come from the spirit realm to de­stroy ev­ery kung fu mas­ter around. Although there is now a huge num­ber of char­ac­ters on screen, and ex­pen­sive house­hold names voic­ing them, ev­ery­one gets some­thing worth­while to do. The pro­duc­tion design is gor­geous and there’s con­fi­dence in the swift, cheer­ful sto­ry­telling which, lack­ing the dark­ness of the last film, al­lows for silly in­ci­den­tal mo­ments. En­joy­ably wise and daft.

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