Jacques jetted off to Port Elizabeth for the day, so we had a rather lazy girls’ day yesterday. The rainy weather was perfect for our early morning movie date. For some reason, Greenstone is only showing Penguins of Madagascar in 3D. I can’t watch 3D and I know the girls won’t cope with those glasses for more than a few minutes, so we ventured off to Eastgate. I hadn’t been to Eastgate in years. It’s like a completely different mall to the one I remember. Fortunately we got there early to watch the 9:15 show so finding parking was easy, but when we came out of the cinema – madness.
Penguins of Madagascar wasn’t my ideal choice for watching with the girls, but there isn’t really anything else on circuit at the moment that would appeal to them. So, in the absence of anything princess or fairy-related, we ordered our popcorn and slushies, and settled back to watch a penguin action flick.
In Penguins of Madagascar, Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico team up with the North Wind, an elite unit on the trail of Dr. Octavius Brine, also known as Dave the Octopus, also known as John Malkovich. Penguins of Madagascar also features the voice talents of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The girls really enjoyed it. Angie asked a lot of how and why questions the whole way through, and Emmy fought to stay awake but eventually passed out (and was unhappy when she woke to find the movie had ended). I asked Angie what she liked best about the movie and she said, “The snow in the beginning.” She didn’t like Dave. (Poor Dave. Nobody likes Dave.) Emmy liked the penguin who put things in his mouth.
There are some funny moments but it’s not a film we’ll add to our DVD collection. The penguins are the best part of Madagascar, but there were times that it felt like this movie was trying a bit too hard. Still, it’s worth taking your kids to see.
Have you seen Penguins of Madagascar? What did you think of it?