Chris Miller

Penguins of Madagascar

You know, those Penguins in the Madagascar movies are the only characters that have not worn out their welcome. Someone should make a movie about them….. And boom, we have it. Now as the idea of the Penguins of Madagascar came out I thought “Oh come on now, do we really need this? This is nothing more than a cash grab!” But then something happened, a trailer came out, and I became very excited! Did you see that thing? It looked so cool! So my enthusiasm skyrocketed! And so this Thanksgiving, I decided, after both my Cowboys and Longhorns had let me down, I needed something up beat, something fun. Time for the Penguins!

The Penguins of Madagascar tells the story of Madagascar’s break out characters, penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private, as they set out on their own spy thriller adventure. In the continuity the film takes place after Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, and has near nothing in common with the television series despite the characters and name. It is directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, and stars the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, and Ken Jong.

Unfortunately this was not the film I was looking for. It had a lot of cute moments, and it was ok, and if you have kids they are going to love it that’s for sure. While the original film series did a good job of incorporating these characters I think the stick gets a little old when they are thrust in their own hour and a half film. The show worked well because it it’s only 23 minutes or so, you get a good little run with the Penguins, however in an hour and half they run a little tired.

The story basically follows Private in his attempt to prove his worth all in while an Octopus from the Penguins past attempts to extract his revenge on the penguins for a lifetime of pain they once caused him. It plays out like a long version of an episode of the show. I chuckled a little throughout the film, nothing that really had me rolling or that I’d be quoting this film whatsoever. I honestly even almost fell asleep one or two times. The characters are fine, including the newbies, but that’s it, they are just fine. There is nothing memorable about it. I think they have just taken this too far.

All that said, that is not to say that it is not a cute film. Going with a Jeebus Score of 3.4 Check out the Matinee, but that said only do so if you have kids or a nephew or niece that wants to see it, because they will get a big kick out of it.

This Week in Movie News

Captain America The Winter Soldier, $476,706,000. Making 10.2 million on its Thursday night openings, more than double what Captain America the First Avenger. It set a single day record for April with 36.9 million, and an opening weekend of 95 million. Not too shabby. It has done about 46% better than the original. And Rightfully so. The Winter Soldier is an amazing film, that you should all go see. Numerous times.

With the sudden passing of Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman made the decision his heart just wasn’t into a Ghostbusters 3. And rightfully so. In his departure Chris Miller and Phil Lord stepped in. However it looks like they are now leaving the potential project. The studio is in talks with other directors. Problem with this I have is Harold Ramis is gone, Ivan Reitman is out, and Bill Murray has no interest in ever doing another Ghostbuster sequel. What’s the appeal? Why not star fresh. Scrap what you have, and give us a reboot.

Matt Damon is in final talks to join the film The Martian. The Martian, tells the tale of a space crew on Mars when something goes terribly wrong, Mark Watney (Damon), thought to be dead, and is left on Mars. With no way to contact his crew, and very little supplies, Watney, must handle the obstacles put a head of him and try to survive in hopes that a rescue mission finds him. The film sounds entertaining, and Damon is a good choice, however Damon is a good choice for nearly any role. The film sounds nearly like Gravity meets Castaway. Which is a very interesting combination. I look forward to more about this film.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has released more viral marketing. This time the subject is actually very very exciting. In an article, written by Eddie Brock, Cletus “Killer “Cassidy has been caught, and placed in prison. It goes on to say that he gave very little struggle. What’s most interesting about this? The mention of Cassidy? Who eventually becomes Carnage? Yea that’s cool. But what’s even cooler is when you remember the past. During filming of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Jim Carey visited the set while filming was going on. Rumors swirled that he was in talks to play Cassidy. And He would be, Killer, in the role. Couple that with the fact that Sony is releasing a Venom spinoff film, and think to yourself, who is Venom going to face off against? Can’t be Spider-Man, which would just be another Spider-Man film. Could we be building to Venom/Carnage? I sure hope so.

Schmoes Know have reported that Kick Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow is going to take over the directing and writing duties of the He-Man Masters of the Universe film. If I’m not mistaken recently John Cho left the film, I think to do some dumb 80s cartoon that will be getting a big screen adaption. I like this move, because I was a huge fan of Kick Ass 2. However with script re-writes and new directors, I don’t know if this film is ever going to get made. But it truly deserves a new modern telling!

An abundant of X-Men news has come out this week. We will start with the absolute cheesiest and most pointless. The dumb Carls Jr. and Hardees commercials with rip off Mystique, and Quicksilver. This is some odd marketing techniques. The commercials are cheesy and dumb. As well the picture of Quicksilver released that has him running alongside the wall while Wolverine and the X-Men don’t even notice him. Again, looks cheesy, and actually even photo shopped. What is exciting is Lauren Shuler Donner has announced that they are looking at major spinoffs. She announced she wants Mystique, Gambit, and Deadpool. Too of which are expected. Deadpool we, and Ran Reynolds, have been waiting for since the X-Men franchise began. As well Mystique, of course she needs her own spin off. Not because of the character, but because of the actress, Jennifer Lawrence. But the most exciting is Gambit. We were so excited with the announcement of Gambit in Origins, and to be honest, Taylor Kitsch was a shining point in that film. And I hope that they bring him back. However, I believe that with Days of Future Past and Apocalypse are going to reset the timeline and bring the First Class characters into today’s time. I’ll be excited to see the turn out no matter what the outcome.