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|Originaltitel:||Kung Fu Panda 3|
|Genre:||Animation, Children's Movie, Adventure, Comedy|
|Regie:||Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 95 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Panda Po (spoken by Hape Kerkeling), the master of Kung Fu, faces his greatest challenge when he is suddenly no longer supposed to be a student but a teacher of the Furiosen Five. But his first attempt to teach the great fighters something new ends in a catastrophe and Po has to doubt his abilities again. But then something happens that makes him forget his failure for a short time: his biological father appears and takes Po to a hidden panda refuge. Here he is no longer the outsider, but finally feels at home. But luck is not permanent, because the mighty fighter Kai has escaped from the realm of spirits to rob all great Kung Fu masters of their Chi and become the most powerful warrior in the world. And also Po and his friends are targeting Kai. So the brave Kung Fu Panda has to follow his destiny once more to save his friends, his family and the whole world…
Eight years ago the always hungry Panda Po fought his way into the hearts of the audience for the first time. The lovable mixture of comedy, adventure and fantasy, spiced with a hint of Asian folklore, seemed somehow fresh and fresh. Po, spoken in German by Hape Kerkeling almost even better than in the original by Jack Black, is a character you just have to love. When he confronts his old arch-enemy - the stairs -, shows off his hopeless naivety, or grows beyond himself at the decisive moment, then one simply cannot escape the charm of this cuddly panda. No wonder, then, that the great success of Part 1 was not only followed by a somewhat weaker sequel, but also by several specials and a TV series. And since the viewers obviously don't have enough of Po and his friends yet, now "Kung Fu Panda 3" comes into our cinemas.
No question, the third part has some very funny moments to offer, as well as some very interesting (3D) effects. But the film also makes it clear that the basic idea is exhausted and offers hardly any possibilities for new ideas. As a result, Pos's third screen adventure has become an overloaded mixture of warmed-up gags and bloated combat sequences. There is hardly anything left of the charm of the first part. Sure, Po is still adorable and some pictures are really pretty to look at. But all in all the magic of the first film has almost completely vanished. Even the many other funny pandas can hardly change anything about this.
The proven formula of still having to add a shovel to a sequel has already damaged Part 2. But at that time the makers were still able to catch much of it with enough original ideas and catchy jokes. This will only work to a limited extent here. The film relies too much on its sometimes shockingly flat gags and its visual gimmicks, which despite all efforts don't seem as fresh and unspent as they might have been eight years ago. And even though Kai himself is an interesting character and a strong villian, the final confrontation somehow seems to be powerless.
Is "Kung Fu Panda 3" a bad movie because of these weaknesses? Not necessarily! Because fans who didn't really like the first part like me, but also loved the sequel and like to watch the TV series, the third movie offers enough humour and show value to guarantee an enjoyable cinema afternoon. But those who expect more here than the well-tried concept with many warmed up and only a few new ingredients will only be entertained in a mediocre way. And that's why there's only one bottom line: For very faithful fans absolutely, otherwise only worth seeing with a cut!
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