(This review may contain spoilers).
I watched this movie originally when it was out in cinemas, but only rewatched it today.
It was nice to see that this movie had a more modern feel to it… though it wasn’t very clear about what time period the film was set in or whereabouts the film was set.
I felt a lot of sympathy for Penelope… especially with the way her mother saw her as ugly. The relationship between her and her father was a bit nicer… and I felt some sympathy for him, since he was clearly a hen-pecked husband.
It was interesting that this movie was narrated by Penelope. There was a bit of humour at the beginning and although I did feel that Penelope’s mother was a bit over the top, I felt it fit with the world and her character.
It was a bit surprising that every single potential suitor reacted the same way. While an argument could be made for them reacting out of shock, it would have been good to see some slightly different reactions.
I would have liked to see Penelope interacting with Jake and Wanda. It was difficult to see what kind of relationship she had with them, though I did like the fact that Penelope was really naive and unsure about the world when she managed to go outside.
I really liked that Penelope and Max had a chance to get to know each other. There was a lot of humorous banter between them… but also some really sweet moments. I also really liked the friendships that formed between Penelope and the people outside her home. There were a couple of nice montages and also some really nice music… though I think I viewed ‘You Are My Sunshine’ completely differently after this movie.
I liked the ending of this movie and although it isn’t perfect, it is a really good, entertaining movie with a really sweet romance and a nice ending. It’s a film I like seeing again.