November 26, 2011
Director: George Miller
Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon
Release Date: November 18, 2011
by Rachel Roberts
Get Your Happy On
In my inaugural review for the revered flowersflix.com, I really wanted to contribute a blog that talked about a hot new indie movie, or even something silly that I know Chris wouldn’t see (like the remake of Footloose). But in my quest to join his merry band of reviewers, I must face reality – the movie I saw since getting the nod from him was … Happy Feet 2.
Now, I know many reading this column probably don’t have much interest in a movie about a band of penguins, especially since this is a sequel and we all know that kid movie sequels are generally horrible (Toy Story 2 being the exception to that rule). However, I must admit I found myself tapping my own happy feet, giggling and even getting a little choked up.
We find our friend Mumble with his new family and his little boy penguin named Erik. Much like Mumble, Erik is a little different from the rest of the Emperor penguins. For one, he doesn’t know how to dance.
As he tries to find his way in the icy world, we learn the important lesson that our differences are what makes us special. Along the way of course, there is singing, dancing and even an operatic interlude.
The best part of the movie though might lie below the ice with two tiny krill named Bill and Will, voiced by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. Bill (or it might Will – they are hard to tell apart…they are krill after all) leaves the swarm and looks for a new life – a new way to evolve. The two get into a lot of existential conversations about life really means that is both hilarious and somewhat true.
In the end, whether you were a fan of the Emperor penguins, the krill, or the other animals along the way, the audience walks away feeling good. I know it isn’t Footloose, but it did help me find my happy.
out of 5