Love them or hate them, sequels are part of the Hollywood machine. While “number twos” often live up to the double entendre, the two sequels being released this weekend may not. (However, the first one is more likely to literally have a “number two” in it—and I am not talking about the title).
I find it funny that there is criticism of The Hangover: Part II simply being a remake of the first movie but set in Thailand. The title alone should be a dead giveaway to expect more of the same and that is what I think fans of the first want.
This time, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding, but after their escapade in Las Vegas, Stu has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things do not go as planned after they lose the 16-year-old brother of Stu’s fiancée and somehow wake up in Bangkok.
Ken Jeong also returns as Mr. Chow, but watch for Paul Giamatti as the main antagonist.
Maybe not as many laughs as the first, but I predict that fans will likely flock to Part II for more graphically funny material.
Rated 18A with a warning of a sexually suggestive scene and nudity (as well as lots of bad language).
Although it also may look like more of the same, early reviews are saying that Kung Fu Panda 2 is even better than the first with as much heart as laughs and that it is more visually dazzling than the first and makes good use of 3D.
Panda Po (Jack Black) is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.
The impressive voice case again includes
Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber, Michelle Yeoh, Dennis Haysbert, Danny McBride and Gary Oldman.
Rated General with a warning of violence, Kung Fu Panda 2 is presented in 3D at the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna and your choice of 3D or 2D at the Grand 10 Cinemas.
Also at the Grand 10, there will a weekend of fun inspired by Kung Fu Panda with a martial arts demonstration and prizes Friday prior to the early evening shows and bouncy castles and face painting Saturday afternoon starting at noon.
Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.