Mr. Popper is a businessman who inherits a small flock of penguins when a relative passes away. Transforming his Manhattan apartment into a suitable habitat, the penguins in return rearrange Popper’s life, teaching him a few lessons along the way. From the popular children’s book by the Atwaters.
Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper), Carla Gugino (Amanda), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Van Gundy), Ophelia Lovibond (Pippi), Madeline Carroll (Janie), Clark Gregg (Nat), Jeffrey Tambor (Gremmins), David Krumholtz (Kent), Philip Hall (Franklin).
Based on the children’s book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins begins with some light character background before moving to the plot. For a silly Carrey flick the story is surprisingly well developed and moves along quickly. The film easily makes a connection with the audience that builds as characters and plot continue to evolve. The cute as heck penguins help too!
Acting was pretty typical for a Carrey film and doesn’t disappoint. Carrey delivered his usual goofy voices, goofy faces, and all around goofy. Gugino was an interesting pairing with Carrey and did nicely. Lansbury can still bring the performance and did so here. Lovibond was an enjoyable addition, as was Tambor and Hall.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were fitting and solidly done. CGI was impressive with the penguins and their actions feel quite realistic. Dialogue was silly but good, as was sound and soundtrack.
Overall Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a nicely done family flick that will entertain the kids as well as the adults. Carrey fans in particular will enjoy this the most.
With some mild crude humor and language this should be fine for just about anyone.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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