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Penguin Bloom (2020)
A very boring cheese sandwich
Penguin Bloom was a film so generic that I'm honestly more impressed than disappointed. While the film is based on a true story, the resulting product ends up being incredibly sappy and boring, with the some most predictable, by the numbers setups I've seen in years. The story follows Naomi Watts as Sam Bloom, who becomes permanently wheelchair bound after falling off a cliff during a family vacation. Sometime later in the story, her kids find an injured magpie, who they name "Penguin", (hence the title) who they decide to nurse back to health. Sam does not like this magpie, but grows closer with it throughout the movie. This is basically the extent of the film. The magpie wins the arbitrary prize for being the best actor in the film and is probably the most enjoyable aspect of it. Naomi Watts is a great actress, but does not deliver anything exceptional in this movie, the child performances are nothing of note, and Andrew Lincoln delivers a performance so excessive and overacted that his character ends up being totally unlikeable. In summary, the story was cheesy, the music was cheesy, the acting was cheesy, and the dialogue was cheesy, The rest of the movie is represented by the most boring and bland two slices of bread you have ever seen, and the magpie is a sprig of parsley to garnish the cheese sandwich that is Penguin Bloom. Penguin Bloom is indeed a movie.
I really wanted to like this film.
When I saw Violation at TIFF earlier this year, the passion from the creators was more than evident, with their capabilities being well showcased in the short films created in the past 13 years or so. A lot of those technical capabilities can be found here, made more impressive by the film's small budget. It features a solid performance from Madeline Sims-Fewer in the lead role, some fantastic color choices, and impressive practical effects. However, where this film falls flat in my opinion is in the content of its story. The film has a solid concept at its core, and naturally warrants a slower pace; but unfortunately does not make good use of its time. Between long conversation scenes adding little to the story, and intense scenes progressively becoming sluggish, the hour and 40 minute runtime of the film ultimately feels unwarranted, and often padded. I would love to see more from the directors, as they are clearly very talented, but Violation unfortunately left me feeling disappointed.
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The theme song is kind of funny. The show itself isn't anything outlandish or exceptional.
Absolutely nothing made sense in this movie. Every visual aspect was nauseating, and an absolute waste of great talent. Jellicle zero out of jellicle ten