Mr. Popper’s Penguins comes out today and if you have the opportunity to go…do so! My kids and I had the chance to review it before it was released and can I just say … good stuff. We laughed throughout the whole movie and Jackson and Annie did the shuffle-ball-chain “word” dance all the way to the car. It was very light-hearted and if you suspend belief (turning your multi-million dollar NYC apartment into a winter wonderland?) then you can almost see that having a penguin as a pet is totally do-able!
The formula isn’t unique, especially for Jim Carrey – I think he does a “divorced dad who spends too much time at work and constantly disappoints his kids” movie about once a year. But he does it well and is a like able character right from the start. Some people may complain that the movie, which wraps up in a neat little bow at the end, is predictably unrealistic; but I loved that it did just that. I left the theatre feeling good even though my kids think they are going to PetSmart to get their own Nimrod. Sometimes it’s good to see things work out.
Two supporting characters that steal the show; Tavern on the Grill owner played by Angela Lansbury and Mr. Popper’s devoted assistant: Pippi. Pippi unintentionally uses mostly “P” words when she speaks and I found it to be very, well, punny. I loved it when she met her match at the end! (You’ll see what I mean when you see the movie!)
As an avid reader, I went out the other day and bought the book but I’m told it’s not very similar to the movie. That’s ok. Just like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, my kids and I can talk about the differences between the two and which they liked better.
So pack up your pretty progeny and peddle down to the pleasant playhouse to purchase passes for the performance. Pronto!
I was given the opportunity to preview Mr. Popper’s Penguins but was not compensated for this review. All opinions (and pathetic attempt at alliteration) are my own!