Thursday, 11 December 2014

Penguins of Madagascar - review

Giving the breakout supporting character of a movie their own spin off can be a bad move... Elektra, U.S. Marshals and Get Him To The Greek for example.

The jury is still out when it comes to animated features as there has been hit and miss success with the like of Planes and Puss In Boots and next year will see the Minions from Despicable Me hit the big screen.

Will a full-length feature based on the Penguins of Madagascar take flight or become a march to the bargain bin?

It turns out that there is enough action and mileage in the story of examining the group dynamic with Private desperate to become more than just the cute one whilst taking on a villainous octopus to provide for an amusing afternoon at the picture, helped by s steady stream of gags including the most random running joke of the year which involves celebrity names being worked into the dialogue e.g. "Nicolas... Cage them".

P-p-p-pick up a ticket for Penguins... Or Pengwings as Benedict Cumberbatch repeatedly calls them in the film. Oh Benedict... You had ONE job to do in this movie called Penguins!

3 stars

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