Paddington Comes to the Big ScreenCategory: Movies
Kids and adults are in for a treat with this adorable movie. Paddington is popular little bear, especially in England, however you don’t need to know anything about him to enjoy this film that is based on the children’s books by Michael Bond.
Paddington is the story of a young bear from Peru who travels across the ocean to find a new home. All he has with him is a red, floppy hat that was given to his family by an explorer years ago, and a little tag that says, “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” Oh, and he has a stash of his favorite food – marmalade.
The little fellow finds himself alone in London’s Paddington Station, wondering what will happen to him. Then a family discovers him and takes him home for the night. It turns out to be more than just one night. Although a bit clumsy and unfamiliar with the way people do things, Paddington endears himself to the family – at least most of the family. However, when a taxidermist takes him to be turned into a new museum exhibit, everyone comes to his rescue.
If you think this is just for kids, think again. It’s a cute and clever little film that will brighten up anyone’s day. And in the end, Paddington and the Browns learn exactly what it takes to be a “family.” It just takes love.
Paddington is adorable and I fully expect the toy stores to be selling Paddington bears for quite some time to come. Paddington’s adventures – and misadventures – are sure to be enjoyed by young and old, and in this day and age of commercialism, a Paddington bear is what every kid will need – male and female. And why not? He’s completely lovable.
Paddington is not animated. It’s a live-action film with Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as Mr. Brown, the man who is hesitant to keep a bear but soon discovers how much the little guy adds to his family. Sally Hawkins is Mrs. Brown, and Ben Whishaw is the voice of Paddington. Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and Peter Capaldi round out the cast. While the human actors are enjoyable to watch, the star of the show, needless to say, is the CGI Paddington.
Paddington is rated PG.
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