“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Monday, February 20, 2012
Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie Review
Last year when we went to camp, we were presented with Despicable Me. I blogged about the reasons I didn't like the movie here.
This year, we watched Kung Fu Panda 2. We watched part one and thoroughly enjoyed it. Adoption was mentioned slightly in the first one, but in the second one, it was nearly the main theme through out the movie.
We LOVED It!
At first, I was a little wary, as the "you're not my real dad" thing came up. The difficulty of the father to talk to his son about how he came to be his son was apparent. But did they ever do a good job for a silly kid comedy cartoon, of turning the message around! It also covered PTSD, moments, as the Panda has flash back memories and loses his ability to focus. The friends are concerned for him, but also supportive, trying to understand what is going on.
And in the end, he goes home and tells his dad, "I know who I am now. I am Po, and you are my dad". It really did have a great message of healing and how there ARE issues to work through. Adoption and Loss go hand in hand.
All of our girls stayed for the entire movie. Several children that go to camp are adopted children. The little 5 year old girl in front of us told her mommy when the movie was over, "I love you mommy! You are my real mommy!" :) It made her mommy have some tears of joy. :)
I watched our Alli carefully too. She was sitting one row up with sisters and friends.
She took the whole movie in and loved it, and in the end, I got a big hug too. :)
The difference between the two movies was night and day. In "Despicable Me", the father is a con artist who's intent is to USE the children. They are also sent back to face the "box of shame" with the mean orphanage director. This movie was truly despicable!
But in Kung Fu Panda 2, the father is a wonderful father, provider, nurturer who never has any ill intent towards his son. He only wants what is best for him.
There are HUGE differences between the two.
One made FUN of adoption, and the other SUPPORTED it and revealed true issues head on, even if it was a Bird and a Panda who were father and son. :)
That is why I would recommend Kung Fu Panda 2.