Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mr Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Director: Henry Miller

Length: 2 hrs 5 mins

In this dark family comedy, Jim Carrey is Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life - until he inherits six penguins through a pact he makes with Satan. Popper's penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland of carnage and destruction - and the rest of his life upside-down. Filmed in a refrigerated slaughterhouse with real Emperor Penguins, Mr. Popper's Penguins is Henry Miller's contemporary adaptation of the classic book.

Imagination knows no limitations in Mr. Popper's Penguins, much like Mr. Popper and his penguins' lust for blood.

At first glance, the penguins are merely hell-slaves, bound to carry out Popper's will as per the demonic contract. But this master-slave relationship becomes distorted piece by piece as Popper's insanity builds. It is clear that he wishes to be rid of the penguins, but doesn't know how. This is most clear when the penguins follow him to his girlfriend's apartment unbeknownst to him. As the penguins rip apart both his girlfriend and the friend whom he suspects she is having an affair with, Popper tries to pull them off. But their sharp little beaks are too quick, and their taste for blood too strong.

There will be arguments as to whether the penguins themselves are real, or merely a part of Popper's psychosis. While both sides can offer valid points, when Pippi poops on the businessman, he clearly reacts to the poop. Why would he do this if the penguins were only inside of Popper's imagination? It is of this critic's opinion that the penguins were always intended to be real.

4 out of 5 stars.