John Malkovich

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.

San Diego Comic Con day 1 top news stories

So today was a little tid bit of information out today, let’s just dive into and start with the DreamWorks panel. They released their upcoming schedule and it looks like we got some decent films coming our way. They first showed a short teaser for a film called Home. The plot seems to center around an alien race who attempt to take refuge on earth while hiding from their mortal enemy and make earth their new home. While attempting to relocate the humans, a young girl escapes and is accompanied on the run by a banished member of the alien race named Oh. Next up is a film called B.O.O. the Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. B.O.O. seems to center around a government organization that employs ghost to protect humans from hauntings. Two of the newest agents uncover a plot to destroy the organization and it is up to them to save the day. Finally, we get a little bit on the movie of the Penguins of Madagascar! Out came Comic Con virgins John Malkovich, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Apparently the Hall couldn’t help but ask Cumberbatch about the Dr. Strange rumors. To which he only replied maybe he’d be playing Nurse Normal. Funny guy. The three films seem fun. Penguins more than the other two.

Paramount took the stage next and dropped some major bombs. To start they announced a 2nd SpongeBob movie. Followed by the Ninja Turtles panel where they played some footage and talked about the film. Nothing new here. I haven’t seen many of the newer trailers and I’m pretty excited for the film. Next up they debuted the Hot Tub Time Machine 2 trailer. Which I will try to post at the bottom, don’t really know how. But it wasn’t anything special. Liked the first one, and you can’t judge a book by its cover, or a film by its trailer. There are a few funny spots, the nerd song, and the final clip.

Next up, well, I’ll get to what’s next. First they finished the Paramount panel with Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey and Chris Nolan showed up to discuss the film! I am very excited for this one, sadly I don’t think we get to see the trailer just yet, but from what I’ve heard it’ll be great. But now, Finally, The Rock has showed up at Comic Con! The Rock came out to apparently a tremendous ovation. He invited everyone to s special screening of Hercules, to which he was greeted by chants of Rocky, no, wait, it was another word, SHAZAAM! I think this entire Shazaam talk is misdirection. I think he’s going to be Black Adam. You don’t get the Rock, the most electrifying man in sports or entertainment and only let him on the screen half the time.IMG_1297 Aliens-Search-For-a-Home-in-First-Trailer-For-DreamWorks-Animation-Comedy IMG_1290 IMG_1292 IMG_1296 www.indiewire.com_-600x421

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