Kung Fu Panda 3
OUT MARCH 11 / CERT. PG / 95 MINS.
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.