Director: Paul King
Featuring: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi
Genre: Family, Comedy
Age Rating: PG
Running Time: 95 Minutes
The ‘explorer’ hat and duffel coat wearing, marmalade loving Paddington bear which has been such a large part of so many childhoods since its creation in 1958, finally came to our big screens last year!
For those of you who are not familiar with the tale of Paddington, here is a little synopsis of the film, which I will try to write with minimal spoilers:
A Peruvian bear who grew up with his aunt and uncle heads to London in search of a new home, with a marmalade sandwich under his hat and a tag around his neck reading “Please look after this bear. Thank you”. Lost at Paddington station, he meets the Brown family who offer him a temporary haven. Intuitively showing us city life through the eyes of a bear, Paddington allows the viewer to relate to his journey and worry for him when the evil museum taxidermist Millicent (Nicole Kidman) tries to get her hands on him.
Paul King’s live action and animated 95-minute feature, produced by Studio Canal features Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas) as the voice of the bear, whose expressions and mannerisms are simply captivating and hilarious throughout the film. Supported by a stellar cast including the likes of Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Henry and Mary Brown, Nicole Kidman as the evil Millicent, and Peter Capaldi as the Browns’ neighbour Mr. Curry and Milicent’s unassuming accomplice, this film has endless comedy along with twists and turns which keep all the family excited and worried for Paddington throughout.
The levels of love and affection introduced into the production of this film are astounding, where the sets, characters and editing are flawless and appear as a celebration of the original Michael Bond books.
Paddington is a heart-warming and humorous feature which keeps the viewer laughing and, eloquently put, “awwwing” throughout.
Recommendation: A film for the whole family! Appreciate it on Blu-Ray and as I always say, get down to HMV and grab it in a 2 for £25 deal. – Recommend to accompany this with another recent great from Studio Canal: The Imitation Game (http://wp.me/p5ibIG-3g)