Kung Fu Panda
Director: John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu
Our very own Jack Black is back with a bang. After his last movie The Holiday where he left us swooning, he's now ready to tickle our funny bone.
This movie is set in a small village at the base of a Kung Fu temple in China where the all sorts of furry and non-furry animals mingle sans humans. The story revolves around Po (Jack Black) who is an obese panda who is obsessed with the word "awesome" and above all, Kung Fu.
Though being a martial arts warrior is his ultimate dream, he works with his dad at a noodle house. Not to forget, his dad is a goose. Directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson stick to what usually happens – panda wants to be warrior, out of the blue he's involved in a prophecy, gets trained, defeats the mean one and saves the world. And that did wonders. The story with its little twists and turns is what made magic.
The rest of the mind-blowing cast includes Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen and David Cross as kung fu wunderkinds, the Furious Five; Ian McShane as the evil leopard, Tai Lung; and Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu who trains the lazy Po.
The story of the movie is not brand new but the way they have combined them has made it an animated movie, which even an adult, would enjoy. The slapstick humour and silly jokes make this movie 100% cute.
The film premiered at the 61st Cannes Film Festival, where it received massive and sustained applause at the end of the film's screening.
If you are in a mood for 88 minutes of pure fun, this is exactly what you are looking for.
Rating: PG for sequence of martial arts action
60-Second Profile: Jack Black
Born August 28,1969
Born in Redondo Beach, California, the son of two satellite engineers, Judith (née Cohen) and Thomas Jack Black, his parents divorced when he was 10. He attended the Crossroads School, where he excelled in drama. Black later attended UCLA but dropped out during his sophomore year to pursue a career in the entertainment business.
Black's acting career began with primetime TV. Black later took on small roles in Dead Man Walking, Enemy of the State, and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. He was cast in the role of Barry, the pretentious co-worker to John Cusack's record storeowner in High Fidelity, which garnered him more exposure.
Real Claim to Fame:
His career soon led to leading roles in films such as Shallow Hal, Orange County, School of Rock, Envy, Be Kind Rewind and King Kong. Black starred in two films in 2006: Nacho Libre, and Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny, a fictionalized account of the band's formation and their quest to obtain a "supranatural" guitar pick.
Jack Black married Tanya Haden, an accomplished cellist, on March 14, 2006. They have two sons, Samuel Wyatt Black, 2, and Jack, barely a month old.