Penguin Bloom movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Due to the story centring on a traumatic near-fatal accident, it’s best for older kids. Penguin Bloom is a very uplifting, moving and engaging with its lovely moments and powerful acting.


After a mother is left paralysed from the waste down in a near-fatal accident, they take in an injured magpie that ends up changing the family and their lives.

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Movie details

Director: Glendyn Ivin
Cast: Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Griffin Murray-Johnston, Jacki Weaver, Rachel House, Leeanna Walsman, Lisa Hensley
Writer: Shaun Grant, Harry Cripps
Release Date (Australia): 21 January 2021
Runtime: 95 minutes/1h 35m
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film contains themes of trauma, injury and grief. There are scenes in which a near-fatal fall is depicted and a bird is attacked by other birds.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains occasional coarse language including use of the words “s**t”, “hell” and “bloody”.

Nudity (G)

The film contains a very brief depiction of a woman’s upper buttocks.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Penguin Bloom’s heartfelt peculiarity is what glimmers and stands out among large selections of true stories. This film portrays the intensely near-fatal fall of Sam Bloom, who’s left paralysed and stricken with grief over the experience and the aftermath, and it results in the downheartedness of a family. It seems so sudden when a miracle arrives, being a magpie in this case, that powerfully reconnects the family with each other, and it’s such an uplifting transformation to believe.

We reach the point where tears are drawn towards the lower half of our eyes as we witness the frustration experienced by the Bloom family. Naomi Watts is extraordinary, superbly realistic and we connect with her character. The rest of the film is stocked with excellent child and family member performances. There’s definitely a sense of prediction and a lack of real surprise, but it’s not a fictional tale that’s packed with magic or complete happiness, so it frequently remains realistic and follows the real events.

And once Penguin the magpie finally enters the story, the attachable family arguing and grieving meets uplifting moments of joy and laughter that spread smiles over your face. Penguin Bloom is a story of family, nature and love, and it’s beautiful.

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