Tuesday, 23 August 2011

137, Mr Poppers Penguins

2009 was the last time we saw Jim Carrey in an actual acting role (Christmas Carol aside) with "I Love you Phillip Morris" so this is a welcome return for an actor who enthralled me with Ace Ventura, Lloyd Christmas and Stanley Ipkiss.

Mr Poppers Penguins is an adaptation of yet another book I had never heard off about an extremely successful property sales guy who rarely sees his kids and ex-wife after his work takes full priority in his life, growing up with his own father constantly touring the world Popper has developed an understanding, finding himself in similar surrounding until his own father passes away and a "gift" arrives as part of the last will and testament. 6 Penguins, and that’s when the fun begins.  

The interaction between Carrey and his 6 flightless fancies is amazing. The cuts between the CGI and real birds are seamless and you feel the communication between them all, mostly headed up by Captain.

Named after the rejects from the Seven Dwarfs our rookerie of black and white trouble makers really get going once the atmosphere in Poppers apartment is more to their liking and with the adoration of his kids neatly tied in with a new found romantic interest of his ex wife, brilliantly contrasted by his annoying neighbour (Charlie Epps from Numbers) we have a riotous rabble of rare breeds who are as much wanted to be taken into captivity by the local zoo keeper as the kids wishes for them to remain free.

So, the story unfolds, can Carrey manage work, life, relationships as well as penguins? Please his bosses, his family and most importantly - the extremely demanding (and very old) Angela Lansbury in the process? Well, the kids are going to love this and if you leave your inhibitions at the door, so will you. Carrey not at his "Dumb and Dumber" best but definitely his best show in a while.

See this if....................................The name of the movie made you smile, the content will do better!