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Monday, November 24, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar: Movie Review

 By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank 20th Century Fox PH for inviting us last Saturday to attend the special screening of Penguins of Madagascar at IMAX SM Megamall. We are excited to see this film as the trailer always give us a good laugh every time we see it. It's been a long overdue  for these cuddly penguins to have their standalone film, and finally we got one in 3D.

The quartet of penguins decided to leave Alex and the gang to explore and find their ultimate favorite "Cheezy Dibbles" snack. They easily broke into a remote facility for the snacks but when they thought that their mission was already complete; they are abducted by Dave the Octopus (voiced by John Malcovich.) He plans to take revenge against the penguins with a diabolical idea to make them hideous and creepy. In order to stop him, the penguins need to team up with a group of trained experts called "The North Wind."

Let's admit it is hard to resist these adorable penguins. They are cute and whimsy enough to entertain all the audience in different age brackets. The visuals were astonishing except for the first few minutes that are bugging my right eye because of a suspected technical difficulty inside the cinema. The fast pace story kept the momentum on a steady note providing soft thrills and few laughs. There are also witty lines delivered throughout the film that are basically loaded with humor, especially when Skipper and Dave are on cue. However, the film's joke is a bit exhausting in the end, and the best ones are already shown in the trailer.

Overall, The Penguins of Madagascar is sweet, charming and silly animation telling that these cuddly little ones indeed deserved to take flight on the big screen. It is well-animated, colorful and carries sufficient humor for the audience to enjoy. It just needs consistency like the other animated films released this year. A sequel might work, but it's not necessary.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars

Cast: Tom McGrath, Christopher Knight, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich

Directed By:  Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Opens November 26 in cinemas nationwide



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