If you have read the book, you know that Mr. Popper is a poor house painter who dreams of the Arctic and loves all things Polar exploration. He is delighted to get the penguins in the book. It seems in the movie, Mr. Popper is a businessman who is pretty well off in a slick apartment who spends at least part of the movie trying to get rid of them. And let's just say his family is not eating beans all winter.
And the names? In the book the penguins are named Captain Cook, Greta, Columbus, Victoria, Nelson, Jenny, Magellan, Adelina, Scott, Isabella, Ferdinand, and Louisa.
In the movie, they are named Captain, Nimrod, Stinky, Loudy, Bitey, and Lovey.
How intellectual are today's movie-goers?
Can I stand outside the movie theater and interview people and ask them about the names of the penguins in the book? Do you think they could come up with even a few of references? Huh? Can I?
Look, if I had never read the book I am sure this movie would be perfectly entertaining. I understand the need to modernize old books. I thought they did a pretty good job with Ramona and Beezus. I don't mind that it's been modernized--but Mr. Popper was POOR! And he was well-read. And he was delighted about those penguins.
Which is probably why it is such a delightful book.
I'm skipping it. That is all.
Now, while we are on the subject of movies...I have a question and tomorrow I'll answer it.
What is our standard for deciding which movies we watch as Christians? (annoying made-over-book movies are not the issue here)
And lastly, I just wanted to give God the glory. My friend in real life was hit while driving her van last week. She is pregnant.
|The inside of her van. She jumped out of the passenger side door.|
And both she and the baby are fine. FINE. A little sore...but safe. Praise God! (The driver who hit them is fine too.)