Last weekend Myleene and I took Allie to see Happy Feet at the IMAX theater at the Metreon. The reviews on Rotten Tomatoes led me to believe this would be a good movie. Honestly, I have no idea what most of those reviewers were smoking.
The movie was too long to begin with. A kids movie just shouldn’t be 2 hours long unless it has a really good reason to be that long. Worse than that, though, was it had too many stories. Was it a movie about being yourself even if you’re different from everyone else? Was it a movie about friendship? Was it a movie about animals in captivity? Was it a movie about pollution and overfishing? I’m not really sure. Some movies have pulled off multiple messages but they just couldn’t do it in this movie. The result was me wanting to leave about 90 minutes in to it. If not for my daughter loving the visuals I probably would have.
On the positive side, the graphics were top notch most of the time. Sometimes almost too realistic but most of the times they seemed to get it right.
Robin Williams was good at times but after a while you could tell he did multiple penguins and it was kind of off. The other voices were good. The music was done pretty well, also.
Overall, I just can’t believe reviewers gave this movie as good of a review as they did.
My rating? 4/10.
The afternoon was partially salvaged by going to Beard Papa’s afterwards for fresh cream puffs. If you’re in San Francisco near the Metreon I definitely recommend them.