Remember that Jim Carrey film? The one where he’s a bad Dad? And then he’s eventually not? Because of some magic, or, like, hugging or something? Yeah. Mr Popper’s Penguins is that film. But the magic is the magic of PENGUINS, and when he hugs things, the things that he hugs are PENGUINS PENGUINS PENGUINS
The weight of public expectation can be a heavy burden – it can cripple even the strongest men. In 2006, Noel Clarke wrote and starred in Kidulthood. His gritty portrait of disenfranchised youth culture raised eyebrows and two years later, he wrote, directed and starred in the sequel, Adulthood. The continuation of his emotionally damaged characters was a wake up call to the UK box office, taking an impressive £1.2 million in its opening weekend. Cinemas hurriedly arranged additional screenings and Clarke accepted his newly-minted reputation as the bright young thing of home-grown cinema. There were obvious concerns that he was a one-trick pony. Thankfully not.