Marital and Martial-Arts Merriment at the Movies!

May 28, 2011 at 7:57 PM (Uncategorized)

A day late, but I figured that I would go ahead and put this entry together.  After a full Friday, I was not feeling up to blogging late at night.  Yet, yesterday was the traditional Friday, and that meant a trip to the movies!  We viewed two enjoyable comedies. 

Kung Fu Panda 2 was the initial adventure.  Po the Panda (voice of Jack Black) now lives as the foretold Dragon Warrior, accompanied by his fellow fighters, The Furious Five.  During further training with Master Shifu (voice of Dustin Hoffman), a group of wolves arrive to attack.  Po and The Furious Five find themselves stopping in the middle of the brawl, as Po is suddenly paralyzed!

Po saw a symbol that invoked images of his youth.  He asked his goose father, Mr. Ping (voice of James Hong) about the symbol, which lead to his being told about his adoption after being found as an infant.  Next, Po reconnects with The Furious Five to stop a pesky and pissed off peacock called Lord Shen (voice of Gary Oldman), who is attempting to end Kung Fu with a new weapon!

The fighters get to Gongmen City to battle Lord Shen.  Yet, Po has been having traumatizing visions on the way to the city.  As they get there, they see that Lord Shen has his minions controlling the area.  Along with Po’s fumbling, The Five try to get the help of Master Croc (voice of Jean-Claude Van Damme) and Master Storming Ox (voice of Dennis Haysbert).  Yet, these warriors state that they can not stand against Lord Shen, forcing Po and The Five to battle on their own.

The fighters are captured by wolves of Lord Shen, and they are taken before the malevolent master.   Lord Shen does not believe Po to be The Dragon Warrior, but Po and The Five are able to defeat him.  They destroy Shen’s cannon, but Shen escapes as Po is stopped by a vision from his youth. 

The fighters travel to Gongmen City, where Po is having nightmares.  He hides this from the others, as the group tries to figure out how to stop the oncoming threat.  Tigress leaves Po with these Masters, as the others return to try defeating Lord Shen and his cannon.  Yet, Po opts to confront Shen himself, fumbling their efforts to stop the foul fowl.  Po and The Five are chased and caught by wolves!

The group is taken before Lord Shen, who does not believe that Po is The Dragon Warrior.  Yet, as Po arrives, he frees his friends, and a behemoth brawl begins.  The warriors try to stop a fleet of ships heading to begin a war for Lord Shen.  

The efforts of Po and The Furious Five are not successful,  yet Po winds up isolated against Lord Shen.  The peacock tries shooting a cannon at Po, yet the cannonball bounces off of Po’s belly, being redirected toward Shen’s fleet.  The boats are destroyed, and Lord Shen succuumbs to the wreckage, being drowned in the process!

Po returns to his home village.  There, he chooses to accept Mr. Ping, the goose, as his actual father.  Yet, in a distant and hidden village full of giant pandas, one male panda comes to the conclusion that his son still is alive!

Our comedic adventure continued with Bridesmaids!  Kristen Wiig stars as Annie, the owner of a bakery.  She claims Lillian (Maya Rudolph) as her B.F.F., yet she thinks that she will lose that link because Lillian is getting married.  Annie does become the lead bridesmaid for Lillian’s wedding.

Comedy ensues with the bridesmaids planning activities for the upcoming wedding.  Each of the ladies has an unusual characteristic, all being best friends from their high school days.  It is the night before Lillian’s wedding when all of the ladies gather to discuss the event and their lives. 

Each of the ladies has the chance to reveal personal issues, as Lillian begins to develop a close friendship with a new friend named Helen (Rose Byrne).  Helen imposes herself onto the setting, making herself the director of all of Lillian’s nuptial activities.  This creates a rift between Annie and Lillian.

Meanwhile, Annie gets sidetracked by some other action, as she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle.  She has a growing affection for a police officer named Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd), who pulled Annie over one evening for having a busted tail light and possible drunk driving.  The traffic incident was dismissed, yet Annie and Rhodes developed a relationship.  The situation becomes murky for Annie because she continues to respond to booty calls from a very hunky Ted (Jon Hamm).

It is between her romantic attraction to Rhodes, her heat for Ted, and her loyalty to Lillian where Annie finds herself trapped.  She finds herself having to decide what truly is important to her, and to where her truest feelings of love and loyalty are directed.  After some heart-to-heart talking with pal Megan (Melissa McCarthy), a reality check from Rhodes, and a clarifying moment with Ted, Annie decides to realizes where her true devotions lay!

The summer gets hot next week, with the premiere of X-Men:  First Class!  We are going back to before the rift developed between Charles and Erik, before they became Professor X and Magneto, respectively.  The storyline plans to delve into how the mutants came to realize their unusual capabilities, and how the split of good versus bad started among them.

Green Lantern premieres June 17, the same day as Jim Carrey’s zany movie, Mr. Popper’s Penguins!  Cameron Diaz heats up the screen as a not-so-competent class instructor in Bad Teacher, opening June 24.  Transformers:  Dark of the Moon premieres June 29!


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