Thursday, 29 December 2011

Mr. Popper's Penguins

If you're a Jim Carrey fan, you should get a kick out of this fun, family movie.

The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.

Who's In It
Jim Carrey - my all-time favourite funny man
Carla Gugino - a more family role after action titles Sucker Punch & Watchmen
Angela Lansbury! Mrs. Murder She Wrote. Everyone's dead in Cabot Cove so she's expanding to new roles

What I Thought
I really enjoyed Mr. Popper's Penguins, but then I'm a big fan of Jim Carrey. If you're not a fan don't bother. If however you like his funny faces and his jokes, then this is right up your street.

It's quite predictable, he's a hard working businessman, separated from his wife and too busy to hang out with his kids. He had a disjointed relationship with his travelling dad as a kid, who just before he dies, sends him the penguins.

The penguins are a combination of real life and CG animated. It's done pretty well, better than Happy Feet. It's mostly when they're doing something silly or a stunt that you know that it's the CG penguins and not the real life ones.

While the penguins are amusing, they're largely a catalyst for Carrey realising what he's missing out on with his family and with life. It also makes him question his ethics and morals as a businessman, and those of the company he works for.

Mr. Popper's Penguins is a funny, heart-warming tale and kids will get a kids out of the different penguin personalities.

Memorable Quotes

  • "Yapsolutely" said multiple times throughout the movie
  • "Please look away... Okay, I will" says Carrey while getting an uncomfortable hug
  • "Monday. Thank God!"
  • "Do I like kidney pie? Are you kidding? I love it. In fact I'm a donor."
  • "A man your age shouldn't be talking about marble slabs."
  • "I know they are. It's a little cold in here." says Carrey rubbing his nipples.

3/5 - Great family entertainment


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