The adventure is about to begin.
The duffel-coated, galoshes-wearing family favourite bear hits cinema screens for the first time. Follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw as the voice of CG-animated Paddington.... More
Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not quite as he imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ("Please look after this bear. Thank you.") and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.Hide
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BY Frances Morton Flicks Writer
It’s over 50 years since author Michael Bond introduced Paddington Bear on a London train station wearing the heartstring-tugging tag around his neck: “Please look after this bear”. That message referenced the plight of refugee children during World War II. In this charming screen update it could just as easily relate to wide-eyed Kiwis on their OE or refugees from modern day war zones. The scaffolding of the film is serious, but the action is joyous.... More
Paddington is cuddly comfort for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. Brought to life by the honey-toned voice of Ben Whishaw and some pretty good CGI, the bear “from darkest Peru” politely bumbles through an unfamiliar world seeking a loving home.
Parents need not fear the pre-release media storm that Paddington was slammed with an elevated rating due to sexual references. If there was smut, it’s cut. It has villainy (of course) in the form of a spiteful taxidermist, played by Nicole Kidman, and her devotee, an underused Peter Capaldi, but the scare level is resoundingly G-rated. Its Britishness gives the film a more gentle sensibility than American family film counterparts, though that’s not to say it’s dull. Paddington has well-timed hilarious action sequences and London twinkles with Wes Anderson-style production design.
The film is about parenting just as much as it is about being a kid. Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) shows his funny side as an overprotective father with a backstory. Sally Hawkins’ ditzy mother also has more complexity than you'd expect from this genre. There are morals about xenophobia and family to swallow but with this considered, sweet treatment they go down as easily as Paddington’s relished marmalade.Hide
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BY JohnboyDunedin superstar
Paddington Bear as a real bear - never. Once I got over the not so pleasing roughness of Paddington and got into the story all was forgiven. Nicole Kidman as an ice villain was great.
Just a bit on the shallow side for me - needed buttering up and lashings of marmalade. Star of the show was too rough.
BY Rajena nobody
The film features a set of talking CGI bears... More living in Darkest Peru. When a British explorer discovers them he teaches them human etiquette and returns to London. Years later we are introduced to the bear’s nephew, the marmalade loving bear cub and our charming main character yet to be named, Paddington voiced by Ben Whishaw. Eventually tragedy strikes and the bears are separated leaving alone Paddington to journey to London to find the explorer from long ago. When Paddington arrives in London we are introduced to the Brown family they promptly name him after the British train station they found him at and take him in. Paddington while kindhearted, is naïve and clumsy. The Browns have qualms on taking Paddington in, Mrs. Brown, played by Sally Hawkins, completely welcomes him. While Mr. Brown, played by Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, shows obvious disdain for him. The story focuses on Paddington’s antics as he tries to adjust to London life, living with the Browns, and his quest to find the explorer. The story also adds drama with Nicole Kidman starring as an evil taxidermist out to get Paddington, and without me giving away any spoilers, I’ll just say her past holds an important secret. The movie’s unique plot and characters provide an interesting story.
Paddington is packed with entertainment for children and adults. Surprisingly none of the characters in the film question how it is possible a talking bear exists. And some of the antics are entirely improbable, for instance Paddington scales a wall with a suction vacuum. However, it is an adventure film designed for children after all, it’s not meant to be realistic. That said, adults shouldn’t dismiss the movie based on its cartoonish look, as it does try to appeal to an older audience as well. The film features humor for everyone, bundled with its share of physical comedy, hijinks, and sarcasm. From shenanigans such as managing to flood a bathroom and crashing the tub into the living room. To Mr. Brown cross-dressing as a woman. It also features subtle and witty jokes only adults will get. Then there’s Nicole Kidman’s villainess character. For adults who think the film’s storyline is too predictable, Kidman’s character adds a few twists. Both mysterious and menacing and determined to catch Paddington, her character bears an uncanny resemblance to Disney’s Cruella de Vil. Not to mention, one of my favorite parts of the movie was when Kidman’s character performs stunts and breaks into a house in a scene that parallels Mission Impossible. The film maintains several themes. It takes a slight look at immigration, as Paddington was actually an illegal who stowed away to London. Similarly, the film actually explains that orphaned children in World War II would do the same. It also does a good job at conveying to us the importance of family, compassion, and a place to call home. I found the film fun and recommend it for everyone.
I was familiar with some of the Paddington books as a child, and many people may recognize the cute bear dressed in his iconic raincoat and red hat. I enjoyed reading them so it was nice to see it as a movie that offered some background to Paddington’s origin as that was unknown to me. A large part of the film revolves around British culture and how Paddington adjust to London’s lifestyle. I can relate because I vacationed in England over the summer. I definitely enjoyed the British customs having experienced some of them myself; from the double decker trolleys to the overcrowded train stations. I was delighted to see some familiar scenery including: Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and the Royal Guards. And I’ve actually been to Paddington station in London. The film does a wonderful job at capturing the busyness of the city and English mannerisms. There’s a running gag through the movie that it rains so much, “English have 42 different ways to say it’s raining”. I loved that quote because from my short time in England, it constantly rained on and off. I’m positive that a British audience would react to the movie stronger than I did. It seems odd that a movie about an animated bear in England resonated so well with me, but it’s because of my experiences I found it more enjoyable.
I think both adults and kids would enjoy the Paddington film. While this isn’t a movie you may watch because it stars your favorite actors; after all its main character is a fictional talking bear. It’s hard not to find the character Paddington lovable. Once again it’s filled with moments that will make you laugh and some interesting twists. I personally found the film Paddington entertaining and think others will too.Hide
BY rosiew superstar
A fantastic movie for the young ones, although, there was so much room for extra depth to be added to it without taking the fun out of the movie. The punchlines were good but not great. Overall, it was nice to watch. I wouldn't watch it again but I would recommend it to anyone who needs an innocent film for the younger viewers.