Here’s a family-friendly rating for Kung Fu Panda 3, a movie review, and lessons we can learn from Po and the Furious Five.
Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie Review: 3 Lessons We Can Learn
Kung Fu Panda 3 comes out this weekend, and we recommend taking the whole family out to see it. My boys loved the first two movies, so naturally, we had to check out number three. I’m not going to ruin the movie for you, but share lessons you will learn throughout Kung Fu Panda 3.
Not only do you get witty and funny moments in this movie, you learn about friendship, the power of family, and most of all, being yourself.
As a parent, I do my best to screen the movies my boys will watch. I give Kung Fu Panda 3 a rating for family-friendly. I didn’t catch any crude or inappropriate lines in this film (unlike so many kid-friendly movies out there). Zayd’n laughed the whole way through the movie (as well as all the other children and adults in the theater).
Here are a few lessons you will learn throughout Kung Fu Panda 3.
We learn about a mother’s love
Po’s mother hid him in a wagon full of food and supplies. She then lured the soldiers away from her crying son and sacrificed her life for his. This resonated with my heart and soul. Us Mama’s will do ANYTHING for our babies. We will sacrifice any and everything for our children.
Importance of self-awareness
At the beginning of the movie, Master Shifu informs Po he is retiring, and Po will be the instructor over the Furious Five. This not only provides some comedy relief for the audience but causes much frustration for the Furious Five and Po. He leaves the class discouraged with plans never to return. Throughout the movie, Po continues to learn about himself, and finally discovers it’s not about trying to be someone else, but just being you is enough. When he finally realizes this important lesson, he teaches the others to do the same thing, be you do what the thing you’re good at doing.
Friendship and loyalty
In this third segment of the King Fu Panda franchise, we learn about the importance of loyalty and friendship through Po’s friends, especially Tigress. Even when Po made mistakes, his friends were there for him. Tigress didn’t see the value of what Po was teaching the other Pandas but continued to support him every step of the way.
The power of family
Po’s father shows up in Kung Fu Panda 3, which causes resentment with Mr. Ping. After coming to an understanding towards the end of the movie, Mr. Ping and Li (Po’s father) learn how to come together to help their son. Through their evolving relationship, we learn a lesson of how each role of a family is important. Even if a child is adopted into a family, it doesn’t diminish the role of the adoptive or birth parent. Each parent has a part to play to raise the child, after all, it takes a village.
And that is precisely the overall lesson we learn in Kung Fu Panda 3. It took the whole village to not only save Po but also help him become the master of ch’i.
Zayd’n enjoyed seeing the Dragon Warrior come to life, and even in that solemn moment, Po stayed true to his goofy character. The ending was the best part, in my humble opinion. Seeing everyone work together, collectively drawing on their positive energy to make magic happen. If we could take the same lesson and apply it to our lives, it would be a beautiful thing. No matter where we come from, no matter how quirky, cool, or nerdy we can be, we can use individual talents to be GREAT!