While penguins have been a common choice for movies the past year or two, Surf’s Up portrays them in a never before seen light.
On June 8, the new movie, Surf’s Up, was released. In the spot light is the young hopeful penguin, Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), whose dream is to surf. Unfortunetly, he lives in the middle of the Antarctic, and his mother and brother (Brian Posehn and Dana Belben) don’t support his off-kilter dream. One day, a small talent scout working for Reggie Belafonte (James Woods), a money obsessed otter, sees the spirit in Cody, and sends him to Hawaii, where he has the oppurtunity to surf in the Penguin World Surfing Championship. While there, he meets up with Lani Aliikai (Zooey Deschanel), Chicken Joe (Jon Heder) and Geek (jeff bridges), who is really Big Z, an old, famous surfer who Cody adores. After it all, Cody learns that winning isn’t everything, and sometimes in order to achieve, you have to have a little fun.
The movie was so different. It was an actual documentary, a sort of behind-the-scenes look at the PWSC. They had interviews, the whole shebang. I laughed the whole time, but looked on in awe at the more serious scenes. What I liked most was I could relate to the movie. I was just like Cody, when he was stubborn and didn’t want to take things nice and easy. My mom enjoyed it too. She related to Big Z, who was the one who wanted Cody to take it nice and easy. Surf’s Up has a very developed sense of humor. Older kids, teenagers, and adults can all see the underlying jokes between penguins. I give this movie five out of five stars. There’s action, romance, comedy; everything you could want for in a movie, including potty mouthed baby penguins.