Sunday, 19 June 2011

Film Review: Mr. Popper's Penguins

Rating: 6/10 - Good
These penguins will weasel their way into your heart and make you fall head over heels in love with them. After watching this film you will definitely want to have your own little family of penguins taking over your life.

Director: Mark Waters
Screenplay: Sean Anders, John Morris, Jared Stern
Producers: Derek Dauchy, John Davis, Jonathan Fillay, Joel Gotler, Jessica Tuchinsky
Cinematographer: Florian Ballhaus
Editor: Bruce Green
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury
Running time: 95 minutes
Age Restriction: PG

Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) is a thriving business man who is on the verge of becoming a partner in the company he works for. He only has one deal to make and his name will join the others on the sign in front of the office.

Mr. Popper then learns that his absent father has passed away, in his will he states that he has sent his son a package. This package arrives one Monday morning and Mr.Popper is extremely surprised to find in it a live penguin. This is quite an unusual gift and he is very unsure of how to take care of it. He attempts to get people in to take the penguin away but has no luck. Then another package arrives for him, containing another five penguins.

These six penguins take over Mr. Poppers apartment. His children arrive one evening and Mr. Poppers son falls in love with the penguins, thinking they were a birthday present from his dad. He then promises his son that they will keep the penguins.

The whole family falls in love with these absolutely adorable penguins and they become part of the family. Each penguin has its own personality and quite interesting characters. One of them is called Stinky - because it stinks, another is Loudy – he’s the loud one, then there’s Bitey – he bites, and so on. They have such human qualities and really do seem like part of the family.

They all have to try and hide these penguins as Mr. Popper is not allowed any pets in his apartment building. His apartment is then transformed into an environment suitable for penguins, snow and all.

This film has everything for the age group that it is made for, children, and has some appealing characteristics for the adults who watch it. It has a bit of comedy, a bit of romance, a bit of drama and most of all has the cute penguins that everybody will love. It is not hilarious, so I wouldn’t really call it a comedy but a very sweet story nonetheless. The story does capture you and is portrayed very well.

Verdict: The penguins were used so well and really do make you want to have one of your own. I loved seeing them waddle along. They seemed to fit so well into the city, finding places to slide around. Overall a good enjoyable film, will be a big hit with the children. Adults may not enjoy it too much, besides for the penguins.

Mr. Popper's Penguins is out in cinemas now.

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