Mr Popper’s Penguins

“I really dont know what pushed Mr Popper’s Penguins onto my must list. I do like Jim Carey, but I never feel I NEED to see his movies. I like kiddie films, but I usually go for the animated ones. I think it was a combination of Clark Gregg, and the movie being on EW’s summer list thingy on GetGlue. Either way, really happy I went.

I gotta admit, I was a bit apprehensive when I walked in. There were a lot of little kids, littler than usual. And right behind me there was a lady with a total mom laugh. Y’know, laughing really loudly at all the stupid obvious slapstick and such that’s directed at the five year olds. But I also saw a couple of families there that were so sweet. In front of me was a Mommy and Daddy and their two daughters. Its usually just one parent or the other.

But yeah, you know how I’ve been complaining about how they dont make family movies as good as they used to? Mr Popper’s was the first step in the right direction that I’ve come across in a loooong while. Sure a lot of the humor was juvenile, but it was a really heartfelt story with solid three dimensional characters. Besides, who doesnt love cute little penguins? Nimrod was totally my favorite, and not just because he had the bestest name. True, most of his gags were “”oh he fell over”” but there was this one bit that had me laughing hysterically for a while. I also loved the fact that even Captain, one of the penguins, had a character arc.

Good performance from Jim Carey. It gave him a chance to balance some drama with his usual comedic flair. The supporting cast was fantastic as well. Loved seeing Clark Gregg as the baddie type, since he’s typically the hopelessly good guy. David Krumholtz was a pleasant surprise, even if his character was a douche. And you can never go wrong with Angela Lansbury.

Penguins also gets props for the peculiar Pippi and her penchant for p words. This lover of alliteration legitimately liked that.

Is it weird that I walked outta there with a wicked craving for tartar sauce? It was all the damn fish the penguins kept eating.

Mr Popper’s Penguins – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

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