Penguin Bloom (2020)


“[narrating] Mom’s not the person she once was. And I know she’s not the person she wanted to be. But to me, she’s much more than that. ” – Noah Bloom

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Following a freak accident, a woman and her family adopts a wounded bird that they try to rehabilitate which affects all of their lives.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew absolutely nothing about before watching.

The cast is great with Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln playing the lead characters.

The overall premise is quite intriguing but the way that things are presented unfortunately doesn’t work as well as I would have expected.

Watts and Lincoln have poor chemistry together and their characters should have more emotion driving them than they actually do here.

The story plays out well and the slow pacing of things helps keep the plot move along so that we can get a full idea of all that has happened to these characters up until this point and how it has effected each and every one of them in different ways.

The cinematography is wondrous to watch and they have some really amazing shots of the beautiful landscapes depicted here.

The fact that this story is based on real events also helps make things slightly more powerful to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that unfortunately doesn’t work as well as one might hope. Lincoln and Watts are both great actors, but they don’t manage to give us enough emotion with their characters for this kind of story. They do a nice job having things play out at a slow pace so that we can get a full idea of everything that transpired and how they have reached the place in their lives that they have come to. The cinematography is great and they have some great shots of the beautiful areas that this story takes place. The fact that this film is based on real events adds a bit to things and helps make things more interesting to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Photos from the real-life Bloom family are shown during the end credits, depicting scenes recreated in the movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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