I mentioned a number of times that I rarely watch films in the cinema. It’s not primarily because of raving reviews but the thought of that sometimes kiddie films are more worthwatching than other genres that I catched Kung Fu Panda today. Momentarily a lot of reviews, which on purpose I didn’t read any so not to spoil my watching, have been made and I just want to share about some of the points that did struck me. Some of these I can relate to because they happened to me or to the people around me at one point:
- Po Panda did not let go of his dream. I had a dream profession but I never had the courage to pursue. But I have long realized that I am destined to be what I am doing right now.
- Grand Master Oogway told Po Panda, when he was discouraged, “Yesterday is history, future is a mystery, and today is a GIFT that’s why it’s called the PRESENT”.
- A warrior never quits. Despite the obvious dislike of Master Shifu and the Furious Five (well-trained students of the master), Po Panda remained determined to learn Kung Fu.
- Positivity, good sense of humor, striking the tummy could do wonders. Po Panda kept his optimism in 90% of the film, blended with his cheerfulness and innocence and his yummy noodles (with care, no secret ingredient!) paved the way to the hearts of the other Kung Fu students.
- Humility prevails. It’s very hard to keep your feet on the ground.
- There’s no big secret to succeed. You just have to accept yourself and keep on believing that you can do it.
- Food is a very good motivation. Since Po Panda loves to eat, Master Shifu used food to motivate him to learn Kung Fu effectively. Whew, I remember those times when I ‘deprived’ myself of my favorite eats when I did not reach my short-term goals (e.g. not beating the deadline, etc.) or I do set an imaginary condition that I need to finish a report before I can take my lunch (which resulted to a 3pm lunch) or dinner (almost midnight snack, you guessed so) . Well, you may find it bizarre and surprising, but I do this because this works for me. Of course, without compromising (hopefully) any health issues. Find out what motivates you.
- As reiterated by the Grand Master and Master Shifu to Po Panda, “There are no accidents.” Everything happens for a reason, right?
Movies like Kung Fu Panda is definitely a film packed with much positivity. Good news, with the strong box office performance of the film, production of the first sequel is in-progress.