JACKSONVILLE — Editor’s note: A Jacksonville resident has been reviewing movies for friends for several years and has offered to share his thoughts with Daily Progress readers. His reviews come in personal letters to his nicknamed friend, Spud Nut. Our reviewer is Tater Tot, so consequently, the movies get ratings based on potatoes.
The Green Lantern (rated PG-13, 105 minutes) gets very spacey when using sci-fi themes to explain the origins of the super hero’s powers in this DC comic’s classic character.
In this mythical universe, green is the color of will power, which can be used for good; and yellow is the color of fear, which can become pervasively destructive. Ryan Reynolds must learn to be responsible for the protection of mankind and overcome his fears through personal courage.
Just when you think that goodness has triumphed over the global threat of annihilation, the closing credits reveal that a powerful replacement villain has arrived to continue the story in a sequel.
After the back story and character development are completed in this drama, the combat scenes become compelling entertainment worth two and one-half potatoes.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (rated PG, 95 minutes) is a feel-good, family values morality tale that has won a Dove award as certified wholesome entertainment.
Jim Carrey’s comedy and the animated penguins that come to live with him are funny, lovable attention grabbers. The animal act helps Carrey establish better ties with his two children and reconcile with his ex-wife.
He also replaces business at all costs, real estate dealings with a more balanced approach to work and family. This movie does not feel like just a Sunday School lesson because of the continuous good laughs, which includes much needed potty training for the Antarctic birds.
There are some touching moments of affection that will make you fall in love with the Popper family and their pets. The story line is very predictable because we all want happy endings.
This movie will earn a three potato rating from those who see it.