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Penguin Bloom-Review, spoilers and everything you need to know

Paralyzed from the chest down, a lady finds hope and determination in caring for an injured bird. Too many similarities, too much symbolism. Despite its feel-good formula, “Penguin Bloom” inspires and impresses with spectacular visuals and outstanding performances, especially from Naomi Watts. This tale truly occurred, as documented in Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive’s book of the same name. “Penguin Bloom” has on-the-nose language and a safe, predictable ending, yet it has enough genuine passion and poignancy to be engaging.

Watts plays Sam Bloom, a surfer and outdoorswoman residing in New South Wales, Australia. She and her photographer husband, Cameron (Andrew Lincoln), love sports and travel with their three sons (Abe Clifford-Barr). “Everything was great” until Sam’s accident. Noah, the film’s narrator, says last year occurred. Ivin paints the scene of the family’s fatal Thailand trip with colourful, impressionistic imagery: pool plunges, bazaar strolls, nocturnal fireworks. As they ascend to a rooftop for a look, Sam leans on a wooden railing and falls to the ground. Throughout the film, fans witness her fall many times, giving fans new viewpoints on the family’s relationship.

Penguin Bloom-Review, spoilers and everything you need to know
Sam, who has been independent and active for so long, is despondent and spends lengthy days in bed. She feels removed from the noises of her younger kids playing in the living room, and when she makes their school lunches, she drops the knife and bread on the floor, amplifying her powerlessness. Watts uses subtlety to avoid theatrics in situations of anger. Her mom arrives to cheer her up and assist around the home, but she’s more likely to nag than empathise. Sam finds meaning in a magpie chick they found at the beach and took home. She’s named Penguin for her black-and-white colour, yet she’s destructive. Penguin chirps all day in her basket. She jumps about the house creating mischief: pecking at a sock monkey, knocking over vases, stealing a teabag from mom’s cup. Penguin poops everywhere. The birds credited for playing Penguin were definitely well-trained.

Sam first dislikes Penguin, but she ultimately sees in her a similar spirit: “She’s a wild bird, therefore she can’t remain here forever,” she explains, referring to her own situation. “She doesn’t want to be confined inside, does she?” Noah asks her, “Do you miss your mom?” since he’s far from his own. Murray-Johnston is a kid actor with a knowledgeable and direct cinematic presence. Watching Sam care for the bird and how that lifts her attitude should speak for itself. It makes her feel like a mother again, because Cameron must do so much parenting. Sam goes outdoors in her wheelchair when she knows Penguin wants to get out. Penguin is the first to discover Sam’s illness and inform the family.

 

You may go with this anthropomorphism or not. It depends on how captivating the narrative is. Watts’ passionate and subtle performance makes you believe in magpie magic. Sam accepts to Cameron’s idea that she take kayaking lessons, giving us Rachel House as her no-nonsense teacher. Around the same time, Penguin may resume flight. “Penguin Bloom” never doubts its destination, yet sometimes soars.

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