Saturday, March 01, 2008
A modern fairytale of "I like myself for what I am", Penelope is charming, smart, a bit edgy and honest. Penelope is NOT sugary, condescending or schmaltzy. The performances draw the viewer in, especially Christina Ricci as Penelope, Catherine O'Hara as her mother, James McAvoy (yum) as the man who loves Penelope for what she is, Reese Witherspoon as the first friend Penelope makes (and producer on the film) and Peter Dinklage (whom I adore) as the reporter with a heart. A nice film with a simple, poignant message. I was happy to see parents bring their daughters to a film that directly addresses the issue of self esteem. Well done.