A delightful, fun film which will keep the whole family amused. The premise is a well-worn one and there will not be many surprises along the way but it is hugely enjoyable all the same.
A selfish workaholic who neglects his children's needs learns the error of his ways when his late father sends him a surprise package. A seemingly frozen penguin which then breaks loose and wreaks havoc in his apartment. One was bad enough, but when another five arrive the mayhem really begins.
At first there is little love lost between man and penguin, but then he comes to realise there is more to life than his high flying career and that he would rather spend as much time as he can with his family and new found friends.
So as you can tell the story itself is pretty simple and flimsy, but Jim Carrey's performance superbly carries you through. In fact it is the best comic performance he has done in a long while. Just the right side of irritating and still endearing, he manages to reign in his usual gurning and manic body contortions to present a man teetering on the edge of insanity.
The Penguins are real little characters and the manic energy they bring to their scenes will leave your little ones giddy with joy. They run, jump and squawk their way into the hearts of those around them. The special effects are also worthy of note. Although not ground breaking, they do the job nicely.
A side plot about separation and zoo animal trafficking is a minor down point but again is not dwelled upon too much. The film knows that Carrey and the Penguins are the stars here and rightly keeps them firmly centre stage.
Funny, sweet and enjoyable.