Matt’s review published on Letterboxd:
I adore this franchise :)
As odd as it may sound, Jack Black was born to play a Panda who is a prodigal Kung Fu hero. Despite being a “marry sue” (which is fine I don’t mind Marry Sues) Po is the type of hero who’s enthusiasm and optimism are his greatest strengths. That phrasing was very cheesy, I know. He’s simple and heartfelt which is why he’s such a great character.
What makes the movie exceptional in my eyes isn’t just Po, it’s the entertaining side characters, the star-studded voice cast, the beautiful themes, fantastic action as well as the genuinely great animation and editing.
I love this movie!