Kung fu Panda 3 (2016)

The first feeling while you are watching the film and the last thought as it completes, is how rich it is. Abundant in animation, characterisation, message and values, it is engaging at every level.

Directors Nelson and Carloni bring an appropriate part 3 to the audience, tying in pandas to the story and explaining why Po was chosen to be dragon warrior. We see some leaps for the characters, but as always there is a short yet mystical explanation for it. They managed to create a state of wonderment and awe throughout which in itself is worthy of applause.

The all star cast who lend their voices to these lovable characters do a flawless job, with lots more who join the Panda party.

In a world where we should strive to be original individuals, this film sends a simple yet deep message home.

3.5/5

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Godzilla (2014)

This time the ‘King of Monsters’ may be on the side of the human race, naturally being drawn to radiation seeking MUTO’s (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism). Some think its nature’s way of dealing with the MUTO’s, others fear that Godzilla might create havoc. What ensues?

A back story with too much ‘forced drama/emotion’ leads us to the fantastic action sequences and destruction scenes. A tad long at 122 minutes, the 3D didn’t lend much to the visuals, though it wasn’t a deterrent either. New cities make a debut in the catastrophe landscape, a relief from the usual. 

The fans will love it and other mortals like us will enjoy the special effects. Isn’t that what a summer blockbuster is all about?

2/5