Kung Fu Panda 4 is a movie that exists

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10 Mar 202408:35

Summary

TLDRThe video script discusses the reviewer's disappointment with 'Kung Fu Panda 4,' criticizing its lack of marketing, weak plot, and underwhelming villain. Despite some decent action and a few humorous moments, the film fails to capture the essence of the original trilogy, leaving the reviewer feeling that it diminishes the overall universe of Kung Fu Panda. The score given is five out of 10, indicating a watchable but ultimately forgettable addition to the franchise.

Takeaways

  • 🎬 The reviewer hopes for a new creative Renaissance for DreamWorks but is disappointed with Kung Fu Panda 4.
  • 🤔 Kung Fu Panda 4 had a lack of marketing, which confused fans of the franchise.
  • 🚫 The movie's trailer did not impress, appearing as a generic entry in the series.
  • 😕 The reviewer went in with an open mind but was let down by the film's mediocrity.
  • 🥋 The pacing of the movie is criticized for being poor and lacking tension or stakes.
  • 🦎 The chameleon is considered the worst villain in the series, with a weak presence and motivation.
  • 🎥 The absence of the Furious 5 and other villains makes the movie feel cheap and the universe smaller.
  • 🌟 Jack Black's performance as Po remains charming, but his character development seems stagnant.
  • 👫 The chemistry between Po and new character is unconvincing compared to his relationship with Tigress.
  • 🤣 Some jokes do land, especially those involving Mr. Ping and Lee, whose scenes are the reviewer's favorites.
  • 📉 The film is seen as a step back for the series, not adding anything substantial to the Kung Fu Panda universe.

Q & A

  • What was the general sentiment towards the marketing of Kung Fu Panda 4?

    -The marketing of Kung Fu Panda 4 was considered bizarre due to its relative lack of promotion, which left fans and analysts baffled, given that it is a new installment in a popular franchise.

  • How did the reviewer feel about the major trailer for Kung Fu Panda 4?

    -The reviewer felt that the major trailer for Kung Fu Panda 4 did not paint a flattering picture, as it appeared to be a typical generic Kung Fu Panda movie without any new or interesting elements.

  • What was the reviewer's initial expectation for Kung Fu Panda 4?

    -The reviewer went into Kung Fu Panda 4 with an open mind, expecting a decent movie that might surprise them, similar to the original trilogy.

  • How did the reviewer describe the pacing and tension of Kung Fu Panda 4?

    -The pacing of Kung Fu Panda 4 was described as atrocious, and it was criticized for its complete lack of tension and stakes.

  • Who was considered the worst villain in the Kung Fu Panda series according to the reviewer?

    -The chameleon was considered the worst villain in the Kung Fu Panda series by the reviewer, due to her lack of an intimidating presence and weak motivation.

  • What was the reviewer's issue with the character development in Kung Fu Panda 4?

    -The reviewer felt that the character development in Kung Fu Panda 4 was stagnant, particularly with Po, who they felt stopped growing as a character after the second film.

  • How did the reviewer feel about the chemistry between Po and Aquafina's character?

    -The reviewer did not buy into the friendship between Po and Aquafina's character, feeling that their chemistry was not special and did not make the reviewer see Aquafina as a character, but rather just the actress's voice.

  • What was the reviewer's opinion on the action scenes in Kung Fu Panda 4?

    -The reviewer found the action scenes in Kung Fu Panda 4 to be decent, but nothing exceptional compared to previous entries in the series.

  • What did the reviewer suggest as an alternative plot that they would have preferred?

    -The reviewer suggested that they would have preferred a buddy adventure featuring Mr. Ping and Lee, as their scenes were charming and their favorite parts of the film.

  • How did the reviewer feel about the film's contribution to the Kung Fu Panda universe?

    -The reviewer felt that the film added nothing to the Kung Fu Panda universe and was a waste of time, as it did not feel like an essential or impactful part of the story.

  • What was the reviewer's final score for Kung Fu Panda 4?

    -The reviewer gave Kung Fu Panda 4 a score of five out of 10, indicating that while it was not the worst film, it was not up to the standards of the previous installments.

Outlines

00:00

🎬 Kung Fu Panda 4: Disappointing Continuation

The paragraph discusses the reviewer's disappointment with Kung Fu Panda 4, highlighting the film's lack of marketing, underwhelming trailer, and ultimately, its failure to meet expectations. The reviewer found the movie to be mediocre, with poor pacing, lack of tension, and a weak villain. Despite some positive aspects like a few good jokes and decent action scenes, the film is seen as a step back for the franchise, with a lack of character development for Po and a storyline that doesn't add value to the Kung Fu Panda universe.

05:02

😕 Po's Stagnation as a Spiritual Leader

This paragraph focuses on Po's attempts to become a spiritual leader in Kung Fu Panda 4, which the reviewer feels falls flat. The movie doesn't effectively portray Po's transition from a teacher to a spiritual guide, and his efforts often revert to his usual fighting style, making the change insignificant. The reviewer also criticizes the film for not being a necessary addition to the series, feeling it lacks the depth and impact of previous installments. The overall sentiment is that the movie is watchable but doesn't live up to the potential of the franchise, with a disappointing score of five out of ten.

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Keywords

💡DreamWorks

DreamWorks is a major American entertainment company that produces animated films, television programs, and media franchises. In the context of the video, it refers to the production company behind the Kung Fu Panda series, which the speaker hopes will experience a 'new creative Renaissance' with the release of Kung Fu Panda 4.

💡Kung Fu Panda 4

Kung Fu Panda 4 is the hypothetical fourth installment in the Kung Fu Panda animated film series by DreamWorks Animation. The video discusses the speaker's anticipation and subsequent disappointment with the film, noting its lack of marketing and underwhelming trailer.

💡mediocrity

Mediocrity refers to a state of being average or undistinguished, often used to describe something that is not particularly good or impressive. In the video, the speaker uses this term to criticize the quality of Kung Fu Panda 4, indicating that it failed to meet their expectations and was unremarkable in its storytelling and character development.

💡pacing

Pacing refers to the speed at which a story unfolds, including the timing and arrangement of scenes and events. Good pacing is crucial for maintaining audience engagement and building tension. In the video, the speaker criticizes the pacing of Kung Fu Panda 4, suggesting that it lacks tension and a sense of urgency.

💡villain

A villain is a character in a story who exhibits evil or antagonistic qualities, often in opposition to the protagonist. In the context of the video, the speaker discusses the 'chameleon' as the worst villain in the Kung Fu Panda series, criticizing the character's lack of threat and development.

💡chemistry

Chemistry, in the context of film and television, refers to the believability and emotional connection between characters, often influencing the audience's investment in their relationships. The speaker comments on the lack of chemistry between certain characters in Kung Fu Panda 4, suggesting that their interactions feel forced and unconvincing.

💡animation

Animation is the process of creating dynamic images, typically using a combination of drawings, computer-generated images, and other techniques to bring characters and stories to life. In the video, the speaker expresses a desire for the animation style of Kung Fu Panda 4 to be more in line with the quality and style seen in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, suggesting that the visual aspect of the film did not meet their expectations.

💡spiritual leader

A spiritual leader is a person who guides others in matters of faith, morality, or personal growth. In Kung Fu Panda 4, the speaker discusses Po's attempt to become a spiritual leader, which is a central theme of the film. However, the speaker feels that this aspect of Po's character development is not well-executed or impactful.

💡buddy adventure

A buddy adventure is a type of story or film genre that focuses on the journey, experiences, and camaraderie between two main characters. The speaker expresses a preference for a 'buddy adventure' involving Mr. Ping and Lee from Kung Fu Panda 4, indicating that these characters' interactions were more enjoyable and charming than the main plot.

💡franchise

A franchise refers to a series of related creative works, often including films, television shows, books, or games that share a common theme or characters. In the context of the video, the speaker discusses the Kung Fu Panda franchise and their disappointment with how Kung Fu Panda 4 contributes to the series.

💡lore

Lore refers to the collective background stories, history, and mythology that provide context and depth to a fictional universe. In the video, the speaker mentions 'lore' when discussing their confusion about the Dragon Warrior's role in the Kung Fu Panda series and how it relates to Po's character development.

Highlights

The expectation for a new creative Renaissance for DreamWorks with Kung Fu Panda 4.

The surprising lack of marketing for Kung Fu Panda 4.

The underwhelming major trailer that did not do justice to the franchise.

The reviewer's decision to approach the movie with an open mind despite initial skepticism.

Kung Fu Panda 4 being worse than anticipated, leading to disappointment.

The movie's pacing issues and lack of tension and stakes.

The chameleon being the weakest villain in the Kung Fu Panda series.

The absence of the Furious 5 and other villains in most of the movie.

The movie making the Kung Fu Panda universe feel smaller and more limited.

Viola Davis's performance not fitting the character of the chameleon.

The reviewer's criticism of the character's motivations and the writers' oversight.

The lack of chemistry between Po and Aquafina's character.

The movie's inability to add anything meaningful to the Kung Fu Panda universe.

Po's character development being stagnant since the second film.

The film's theme of Po relinquishing the title of Dragon Warrior and its ineffectiveness.

The reviewer's preference for a movie focusing on Mr. Ping and Lee's adventure.

The overall feeling that Kung Fu Panda 4 was a wasted opportunity.

The reviewer's final score of five out of ten for Kung Fu Panda 4.

Transcripts

00:00

and I hope it's just the beginning of a

00:02

new creative Renaissance for DreamWorks

00:06

again don't up Kung Fu Panda

00:08

4 they found a way to [ __ ] it up oh oh

00:12

dear Kung Fu Panda 4 has been one of the

00:15

most bizarre releases in recent memory

00:17

starting of course with its relative

00:19

lack of marketing that really baffled me

00:21

and all the other Kung Fu Panda heads

00:23

out there like surely DreamWorks would

00:25

want to Market a new installment in one

00:28

of their most popular franchise of all

00:30

time and to make matters worse the one

00:33

major trailer we got for it did not

00:35

exactly paint a very flattering picture

00:38

it looked like a typical generic Kung Fu

00:40

Panda movie that didn't really do

00:42

anything new or interesting like the

00:44

other ones did I wasn't particularly

00:46

excited but I figured I'd go in with an

00:48

open mind and maybe it would surprise me

00:50

like the original trilogy and you know

00:52

what it did surprise me it's even worse

00:55

than I thought don't get me wrong it's

00:57

not a terrible movie or anything it's a

00:59

breath of fresh air compared to Mega m

01:01

versus the Doom Syndicate which I am

01:03

working on a very large review of for

01:05

later this month but like having a

01:07

colonoscopy done is a breath of fresh

01:09

air compared to mega mind versus the

01:10

Doom Syndicate that isn't saying

01:12

anything nowah when I say this movie

01:14

didn't live up to my already not super

01:16

high expectations I only mean that just

01:20

barely I expected something decent but

01:22

instead I got something that actually

01:24

kind of pissed me off with its

01:25

mediocrity which is crazy because there

01:28

really isn't much to talk about here it

01:31

just doesn't really feel like a movie

01:33

owed in large part to the atrocious

01:35

pacing and complete lack of any tension

01:38

or Stakes po needs to defeat the

01:40

chameleon who is Far and Away the worst

01:43

villain in the Kung Fu Panda series The

01:45

unanimously agreed upon previous holder

01:47

of that Crown Kai was at least

01:49

threatening and had the sickest theme

01:51

song of all time he made up for his

01:53

relatively weak Motivation by easily

01:55

dispatching every Kung Fu Master and

01:57

serving as a worthy powerful foe the

02:00

chameleon does the same thing except not

02:02

until the Final Act of the film so for

02:05

the first hour the most evil action she

02:08

commits on screen is pushing someone

02:11

down the stairs oh no she's so scary you

02:15

guys and the whole taking the old

02:17

villain's Powers thing is so weightless

02:19

it doesn't feel nearly as earned it just

02:22

happens and most of the villains don't

02:24

even talk so it doesn't even feel like

02:25

those are the real actual characters the

02:28

chameleon should be the deadliest fo in

02:30

the series and like I guess her final

02:32

fight was kind of cool but it really

02:34

just is that one fight and nothing else

02:36

she has no intimidating presence

02:38

throughout most of the movie Viola Davis

02:41

is a great actress but she just doesn't

02:42

work for this character at all I never

02:45

found her voice intimidating and her

02:47

motivation is so stupid I won't get into

02:49

it cuz it's a spoiler I guess but

02:52

basically her entire motivation is

02:54

completely negated by the existence of

02:56

mantis and Viper did the writers just

02:58

forget those character characters exist

03:00

the answer is yes by the way the Furious

03:02

5 don't appear in the bulk of this

03:04

probably because they didn't want to pay

03:05

the voice actors same with those

03:07

aformentioned villains it just makes

03:09

this installment feel so cheap like the

03:11

Kung Fu Panda Universe honestly feels

03:13

smaller and more limited after this

03:16

movie I don't know how you manage that

03:18

most of the movie is po [ __ ] around

03:21

with Aquafina is she annoying in this

03:23

movie in the same vein as Rya or that

03:26

scuttlebutt [ __ ] no not really but she's

03:29

not good either this is just another

03:32

generic and charmless performance from

03:34

her and I was never able to see her as a

03:36

character I just heard Aquafina the

03:38

entire time again just because she

03:40

wasn't actively obnoxious and unfunny

03:43

that doesn't mean it was a good

03:44

performance I also never really bought

03:46

that she and po were becoming friends

03:48

their chemistry was absolutely nothing

03:50

special and hailes in comparison to what

03:52

he has with Tigress they even do a worse

03:55

version of the scene where Tigress hugs

03:56

Poe in the second movie it made me feel

03:59

nothing here oh wait I'm sorry who's

04:02

Tigress never heard of her the action

04:04

was decent I suppose and there were a

04:06

lot of cool visual florishes here and

04:08

there plus while not a lot of the jokes

04:10

worked for me some of them definitely

04:12

did especially the scene where Mr ping

04:13

and Lee leave the tavern that was pretty

04:16

funny speaking of which I'm going to be

04:18

honest I would have liked this movie a

04:19

lot more if it was just Mr ping and Lee

04:22

doing a buddy Adventure their scenes are

04:24

genuinely really charming and probably

04:26

my favorites in the whole film as soon

04:27

as it cut away from them back to the PO

04:29

Aquafina stuff I was like oh great the

04:32

main plot is back yippee po himself is

04:35

the same as ever pretty charming and

04:37

whatnot but I just feel like his

04:38

character has been so stagnant for a

04:40

while now it feels like he really

04:42

stopped growing as a person after the

04:44

second film and now he's just kind of

04:46

hanging out and saying scoo and I don't

04:49

know he's still Charming but not really

04:52

interesting the film is about him

04:53

relinquishing the title of Dragon

04:55

Warrior and becoming spiritual leader

04:58

which I don't understand and I thought

04:59

there was only one Dragon Warrior but

05:02

maybe I don't understand the lore that

05:03

well I don't know but the thing is

05:05

nothing really comes of Po trying to be

05:07

a spiritual leader there's a couple

05:09

scenes where he tries to avoid a

05:10

conflict just by talking but in one of

05:12

them it doesn't work and he just resorts

05:14

to fighting like he always does so it

05:16

doesn't really feel like a major change

05:17

is taking place for his character aside

05:19

from that he attempts to give Sage

05:21

wisdom sometimes and messes it up that

05:24

is pretty much the extent of Po trying

05:26

to be a spiritual leader in this movie

05:28

it barely felt different from he acted

05:29

in the third one where he was trying to

05:31

be a teacher what I'm trying to say is

05:33

that this film adds nothing to the Kung

05:34

Fu Panda universe and it just kind of

05:36

feels like a waste of time I've noticed

05:38

a lot of reviews saying yeah this

05:40

definitely didn't feel like an essential

05:42

or impactful part of the story but it

05:44

was still enjoyable I could definitely

05:46

see where they're coming from but I

05:48

don't know I take this series a lot more

05:50

seriously than the average Joe Schmo

05:53

because well the first two movies really

05:55

took themselves seriously this isn't

05:57

really a franchise you can just do a

05:59

quirky meaningless little Adventure in

06:01

and say okay this is the next Mainline

06:03

installment in the series everything

06:05

about Kung Fu Panda 4 feels like a

06:08

plotline you'd see in a TV show and this

06:10

movie didn't necessarily have to be

06:12

really dramatic or impactful for me to

06:14

like it if it told a kind of fun story

06:17

with funny moments and really good

06:18

action I'd probably say it's decent and

06:20

worth being a part of the Saga but I'm

06:22

sorry that is not what I thought of this

06:25

it just kind of feels like Kung Fu Panda

06:27

on autopilot the action was mostly just

06:30

fine the comedy was mostly just fine at

06:33

best I guess I can say it's a watchable

06:36

enough movie but at worst I think it

06:39

kind of misunderstands the previous

06:41

films and their characters there's a

06:43

scene late in this film that is just

06:45

complete [ __ ] and if you see the

06:47

movie I think you'll know which one I'm

06:49

talking about overall I just don't think

06:51

this was a film that needed to be made

06:54

it's not a complete betrayal of Kung Fu

06:56

Panda's a franchise it doesn't ruin it

06:58

or anything but like like I said earlier

07:00

I just think it makes the universe feel

07:03

so much smaller and I don't understand

07:05

why this movie had to be like this

07:07

because I think we all kind of looked at

07:09

Puss and Boots The Last Wish and

07:11

subconsciously hoped that this would be

07:13

the style of the next Kung Fu Panda both

07:15

in terms of the animation and the

07:17

storytelling it just made perfect sense

07:20

right Kung Fu Panda already had some of

07:22

the sickest fight scenes and most

07:24

dramatic storytelling in dreamworks's

07:25

entire catalog so pairing it with the

07:27

Last Wish art style see like a match

07:29

made in heaven it really makes what we

07:32

got all the more baffling I'm not going

07:34

to hold this against the movie cuz I

07:36

think it would be kind of petty to judge

07:37

it by those standards but I thought it

07:39

was worth mentioning instead of a true

07:41

Banger that goes toe-to-toe with those

07:43

excellent original two entries we get

07:46

what is pretty unanimously considered

07:48

the weakest film in the entire series at

07:51

least from the reactions I've read so

07:53

far and I doubt that sentiment will

07:54

change over time unless Kung Fu Panda 5

07:57

is somehow even weaker speaking of the

08:00

number five uh that's the score we got

08:02

here five out of 10 anyway at least it's

08:06

not Mega M too bad back to the trenches

08:09

of working on that video I go good night

08:13

Valley Of

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[Music]

08:28

Peace

08:29

[Applause]

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oh

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