Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: Happy Feet Two [2011]

Release Date: 17 November 2011 (Malaysia)
Directed By: George Miller
Written By: George Miller, Warren Coleman, Gary Eck, Paul Livingston
Voices By: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink, Hank Azaria, Ava Acres, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon
In A Nutshell:
Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) and Gloria (voiced by Pink) faces a problem when their son Erik (voiced by Ava Acres) can't dance thus having problems fitting in with the rest of the emperor penguins. Along with two other friends, he runs away by following Ramon (voiced by Robin Williams) back to his penguin colony. There they meet The Mighty Sven (voiced by Hank Azaria), a penguin which apparently can fly. Meanwhile a natural disaster occurs that threatens the existence of the emperor penguins.
Thumbs Up:
+ Beautiful visuals and impressive integration with live human actors
+ Hilarious characters, especially Ramon
+ Decent enough storyline
+ Some enjoyable songs
+ Environmental message (hey, I'm an environmentalist, that's always a thumbs up in my book)
Thumbs Down:
- The origins of The Mighty Sven could have been explored a little more
- Some songs dragged on a tad too long
- Although the movie succeeded in creating a little fear, it didn't deliver the emotional connection in other departments
The Verdict Is In:
I liked the fact that the movie had three major plots involving Erik running away and meeting The Mighty Sven; the adventures of Will and Bill The Krills (voiced by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon); and the natural disaster threatening the penguin colony. Having said that, the Mighty Sven storyline could have been explored a little bit more. Seems like a lost opportunity there.

As for the natural disaster, the movie did manage to get the audience to feel worried for the lives of the penguins. However, in other aspects of the movie, and I'm being a bit nitpicky here, I feel it didn't quite reach the level of emotional connection required to make it a really good movie. For example, you couldn't really empathise or feel the despair of Erik being outcast. It didn't have the amount of heart which is always present in a standard Pixar movie for example or even compared to the first Happy Feet (2006).
6.5 out of 10

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