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Mr. Popper's Penguins

A movie directed by Mark Waters

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Mad About Penguins

  • Jul 12, 2011
Firstly, I must qualify that I'm kinda crazy about penguins. So much so I went to Antarctica to visit them!

After The Tree of Life early this morning, I was left with a little sensory overload and emotional backlash. Lunch didn't help much either so after window shopping for some 2 hours or so, I decided to go back to the theater. Mr. Popper's Penguins, here I come!

Admittedly, I've no high expectation of this movie. I read some reviews and knew what to expect. Still, I love penguins and to a lesser extent, Jim Carrey. Let's not analyse Jim Carrey's acting. I'm sure many had written reviews about it. And if you've seen him in many of his movies, you kinda have an idea what it's like.

I went into the movie just to release tension & ultimately it did. I was surprised I enjoy it a lot more than I had expected though. It makes me laugh and it makes me renew my ties with the penguins of Antarctica! That's all I can ask for! Trust me, those penguins are sooooooooooooo cute!!! If you are a fan of these flippers, then by all means go to the theater and catch them in their acts! It certainly worth your time!

Nothing new about the plot. It follows the same formula. I do believe children will enjoy it a great deal. I'm going to recommend it to my niece asap! 

For serious & frequent movie goers though, this might not be your thorough fare. It's almost the exact opposite of The Tree of Life; it doesn't ask many questions, it doesn't have unusual or unique plot and it doesn't give you the feeling it's worth your serious consideration. What it does have (for me at least) is the basic. It gets in touch with our internal desire to be cuddled, to love and to be loved. Especially, if you love animals & stuff toys! It gets in touch with the child in all of us and it takes us back to a time when entertainment doesn't have to be warped to be enjoyed. If you haven't enjoyed it, well, it's not that the film is bad. It's that perhaps you've buried the child in you so deep that you might have to look harder to find it! ;-)

Last but not least, is it worth the money (US$6) and time to go see it? For me, Yes. It is especially when you want to simplify things in your life, when you want to share time with the young ones, when you just want to let go of things and to laugh, even if just for a second or two. It is the Disney factor that gets me here and I think it's good when we can still laugh about some silly things :-) At the very least, it makes me remember why I went all the way to Antarctica back some 7 1/2 years ago! If you haven't make that journey of your life, make it! Time wait for no man (& woman)!

Mad About Penguins

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July 12, 2011
The @ should be in this movie then maybe I'll see it LOL!!
July 13, 2011
I think he is heading Antarctica! ;-)
July 12, 2011
I think pretty much everybody is aware of Jim Carey's range by now. And with their adorable waddle, I do believe that soon penguins will dominate the earth.
July 13, 2011
Yeah, penguins rule!!!
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