Sunday, September 15, 2019
Kung-Fu Panda 2 Belonging
In the film Kung-Fu Panda 2, the extended metaphor of Ã¢â¬Å"Inner PeaceÃ¢â¬ in the film symbolizes the need for a person to acknowledge their own weaknesses, their past and their faults, which conveys the importance of finding and accepting oneÃ¢â¬â¢s identity. Furthermore throughout the film, there are various scenes where water droplets are dropping and flowing in slow motion, combined with flashbacks of the past, demonstrates the power of spiritual connections and nature. The importance of belonging and loving your family is also emphasised in Kung-Fu Panda 2.Through the protagonist, PoÃ¢â¬â¢s, exploration of his true parentage, the power of common memories to influence the bonds between people is displayed. It is important to accept who yo9u are as it can affect where you belong and how you feel. When he questions his dad about his true parentage, saying he had a dream about his mother, his adoptive father, Mr. Ping, freezes and looks agitated, showing that he is scared t hat he will lose Po if the truth is revealed. Whenever Po questions his lineage, sad music is played, making the audience feel sympathy for PoÃ¢â¬â¢s turmoils.Even after all the events that happens throughout the film, Po comes home back to Mr. Ping he says to him Ã¢â¬Å"I know who I am now, I am your son, I love you dad. Ã¢â¬ While this is happening, there is soft and happy music playing in the background, showing that even though they arenÃ¢â¬â¢t blood related, they are still happy together. This is true belonging. Even though they have no blood relations, they are truly happy together and value each otherÃ¢â¬â¢s company, showing that they belong together. This relates to belonging and accepting yourself.The importance of individuality in finding a role in society is emphasised heavily throughout the film. The film follows the growth of Po in his journey of achieving Ã¢â¬Å"Inner PeaceÃ¢â¬ . In the film you see PoÃ¢â¬â¢s idolization of other Kung Fu legends displays h is own inner emotional insecurity and spiritual turmoil. This is also reinforced through the technique juxtaposition, shown through PoÃ¢â¬â¢s fatness and TigressÃ¢â¬â¢s hardened self. The need for you to accept your true self in forming meaningful relationships is shown through this.It is shown through the dramatic irony of PoÃ¢â¬â¢s insensitive comment Ã¢â¬Å"I have to know, the hard-core wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t understandÃ¢â¬ directed at Tigress, saying that she is unable to feel both physically and emotionally. The close-up shot of TigressÃ¢â¬â¢s saddened and hurt face combined with the sad; non-diegetic music further incites the audienceÃ¢â¬â¢s sympathy of Po trying to find out about his own individuality with Tigress stopping him. Throughout the film you also hear the metaphor of Ã¢â¬Å"Inner PeaceÃ¢â¬ used excessively.The phrase Ã¢â¬Å"Inner PeaceÃ¢â¬ means to be spiritually and mentally at peace, with enough knowledge to keep oneself strong when under great hardshi p and stress. Throughout the film, Po is plagued by nightmares of his past and his own insecurity compared to Tigress and the others. In the beginning, Po witnesses Master Shifu moving a droplet of water all over his body without it splashing or breaking its form. When Po inquires how he did this, Shifu responds by saying Ã¢â¬Å"Inner PeaceÃ¢â¬ . It is implying that having inner peace allows you to do things that are impossible, which is also shown when Po catches a cannon ball and throws it back.In the film, having inner peace symbolises that you have accepted yourself for who you are, complete with strengths and weaknesses. By having inner peace, it is saying that you can achieve things that you couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t achieve before & to be able to find out where you truly belong. The director of this movie positions the audience to sympathise with Po through the demonstration of the fallibility of oneÃ¢â¬â¢s memory, which is shown through the flashbacks and dramatic devices used as Po lies to himself. Po couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t accept his own self throughout the film, which draws in the audience to feel sorry and sympathise for him.The differing perspectives of Po and his companions are comically shown through his fights with them. However, the audience is positioned to support Po though the uses of Mise-en-scene, as screen elementsÃ¢â¬â¢ visual size are diminished whenever Po is in the screen. As Po zooms towards the audience and takes the centre of the screen, it enables the audience to see things through PoÃ¢â¬â¢s perspective. At the end of the film, Po is hailed as a hero & feels that he has finally found that he has been accepted by Tigress and the others. He finally feels that he belongs.