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Movie Review: Penguins Proves itself a Happy Feat

Movie Review: Penguins Proves itself a Happy Feat
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Dylan J. Mayberry

Dylan J. Mayberry

Dylan J. Mayberry is an aspiring actor and has a strong passion for film. He was born in Brampton Ontario and has recently moved to Oakville. He is a graduate of Acting for Film & Television from Niagara college.

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There’s something to be said about a documentary that tells you an intriguing story, makes you care about its subject, manages to make you laugh, and it’s all in support of a good cause. In a world of big budget films featuring superheroes fighting intergalactic monsters, Penguins succeeds at just being fun.

A widespread belief in storytelling is that if it comes from a real place, it will be more powerful. In that case, there’s nothing as real (or as delightful) as simply setting up a camera in front of a colony of penguins and letting them tell you their story.

Down in the Antarctic, an Adélie penguin by the name of Steve has just reached adulthood. As the short Spring begins, he must find a mate, fend off predators and the harsh elements, and most importantly raise a family.

What makes this film so special is its charm. From silly moments like Steve barely keeping balance as he trots through the icy landscape, to the wonderful narration of Ed Helms. Disneynature effortlessly grabs on to your heart and pulls away at its strings.

Photo: Disneynature

Through shot composition, editing, and narration, Penguins gives these… penguins distinct, likeable, and usually hilarious personalities. Steve could be a character pulled right from one of Disney’s many animated films.

One thing to take note of, the film glosses over some of its more realistic aspects. Hunting is only ever mentioned and never shown. This element is in the movie; however, it is not given the visual time of day for the sake of keeping an age appropriate rating. That being said, there may be a conversation parents should be prepared to have with young children who may not grasp the situation.

It would be hard to find any group who wouldn’t enjoy watching this movie. The storytelling is easy to get lost in. It’s educational, charming, and hilarious to boot.

The film is only 75 minutes long. To top it off, Disneynature will give $0.20 to the Wildlife Conservation Network in support of penguin conservation for each ticket sold during the film’s opening week.

All in all, the quaint and minuscule antics of these penguins manage to be as intriguing as the biggest blockbusters.

t Penguins
3 ½ out of 4 stars
G, 1 hr 16 mins. Documentary.
Directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson.
Starring Ed Helms.
Now Playing at Cineplex Winston Churchill.


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