‘Penguin Bloom’ review: Naomi Watts stars in an inspirational Netflix movie that can’t find the right framework

The outcome is an irregular Netflix display for producer-star Naomi Watts, one that never ever totally gets off the ground.

Samantha Flower (played by Watts) suffered an awful injury in 2013, when a railing paved the way at a Thailand hotel, leading to a fall that left her in a wheelchair.

A dedicated outdoorswoman, she’s having a hard time mentally in addition to physically, while her caring other half Cameron (“The Walking Dead’s” Andrew Lincoln) searches for some method to snap her out of her anxiety while tending their 3 young kids.

Among those kids, Noah (newbie Griffin Murray-Johnston), is filled with unhappiness over his mommy’s condition, while harboring regret and regret relating to those occasions. “It’s like mom was stolen from us,” he muses.

He’s likewise the one who saves a child bird, a hurt magpie that he names Penguin. Sam hesitates to get connected to their winged client, however naturally the bird co-star’s progressive healing shows important in assisting the household fix, in a style that’s just somewhat less manipulative than the old Disney nature motion pictures.

Touching minutes

Watts produces some touching minutes, such as the appearance of suffering on her face when among the young boys gets ill and sobs out for daddy rather of her. “I can’t even be a mom,” she sobs, articulating her sensations of vulnerability, prior to discovering an outlet — beyond the previously mentioned magpie — that produces the methods of revitalizing her.

Adjusted from a book co-written by Cameron Flower, this Australian production has its heart in the ideal location. Yet the motion picture, directed by Glendyn Ivin, falls someplace in the middle of a character-driven story about Samantha’s psychological arc, Noah’s coming-of-age tale and the magpie’s journey from not likely animal to accepting its wild nature, like a feathered variation of “Born Free.”

“Penguin Bloom” is safe enough as household fare goes, which counts for something, with an inspiring message for these attempting times.

The real drawback lies in how the story flits around in the telling and seems unable to choose a lane, leaving a motion picture that feels as if it’s neither fish nor fowl.

“Penguin Bloom” premieres January 27 on Netflix.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.