Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Worth a Night Out

Last night Tad and I got to go on a real date. It happens a couple of times a month that Adora kicks us out of the house and we get to romp around town together. Last night we used up a restaurant gift card for a local pub and managed to both (almost) stick to the current fast and have a fantastic meal. Then we headed to the theater to see Kung Fu Panda. I wasn't sure it would be worth it but I was sure it would be fun to sit in a theater with my sweetest (and our baby of course). Well we were not disappointed in the least. The animation was fantastic, the story-line actually held its own, the characterizations were hilarious and there was nothing to make the pure and chaste blush (although there was plenty of animals beating the heck out of each other but, hey, it is a kung fu movie!). Tad came up with his own top ten reasons to see this film. Here they are with my own scattered comments:

10. Nice fur. (Really, nice fur - the animation was fantastic - esp the little details like the textures of the animals)
9. No sex or gore.
8. Dustin Hoffman -- Seriously, he's in it. (and one of my favorite actors, although I didn't even realize he was in it until the credits started to roll)
7. Wonderful musical score.
8. ...and, they use the 70's hit "Kung Fu Fighting" over the credits.
6. Beautiful cinematography.
5. Characters you can care about.
4. Sensitive handling of some plot threads on the father / son bond. (sensitive and funny - hit home here with a panda with a duck for a dad - kids don't have to look like their parents!)
3. ... also, a positive message on the importance of following one's spiritual father.
2. The movie is way better than the trailer.
1. It's a giant panda doing Kung Fu, get it? Now THAT'S funny!

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