Sunday, 12 June 2011
Kung Fu Panda 2 sees Jack Black & co return to China in a blast of animal chop socky and laughs. This time around Po is determined to thwart the ambitions of an evil peacock, Shen, who has been tinkering with fireworks and plans to rule the country. As you'd expect the cgi animation is top notch, the script and voice acting excellent and there's plenty of gags to nicely balance the furious fisticuffs. If I was to find a flaw it'd be that the sub plot about childhood trauma is a little heavy handed but it's still a highly enjoyable 90 mins or so and a film I'd recommend to kids and big kids alike.
Spoofing fairy tales of knights, wizards and monsters, Your Highness, is a juvenile comedy starring Franco, Dance, Portman and Danny McBride. The latter plays the second, bumbling son of the King who must accompany his brave but dim brother on a quest to rescue his virgin bride from the clutches of an evil sorcerer. With a surprising amount of gore and some expensive looking sfx this ticks along nicely, sure the British accents are inconsistent and the laughs firmly low brow but I found myself chuckling through out.