Review: Paddington: the movie

‘A young English boy befriends a talking bear he finds at a London train station. A live-action feature based on the series of popular children’s books by Michael Bond.’


Plot: After a fatal earthquake destroys his home in the rainforests of Peru, a young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way to London in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed “Paddington,” finds shelter with the family of Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). Although Paddington’s amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) has designs on Paddington’s rare Peruvian hide.


My review.

Kirsty and I were looking forward to seeing The Maze Runner after reading the book for book club, we got all the way to Birstall to find out they had taken it off to. I had forgotten that films swap over on a Friday. So it was a toss-up  between Madagascar penguins or Paddington, I said penguins just because I’m obsessed but Kirsty said this. I agreed as I didn’t think the other would have much of a story and preferred Kirsty seeing what she would enjoy and I am so glad I did, I think it was the better choice. It had everything, a full action packed film.

It begins with the explorer finding Paddington’s Aunt and Uncle on an expedition to Darkest Peru and how he built up a relationship with them and promises them there will always be a home in london for them and leaves him his hat. Years later we find Paddington living with his Aunt and Uncle when a storm hits and wrecks their home. It then follows on to how Paddington lands in London and his plan to find the explorer, who he believes can give him a home. At this point I have to say the graphics are amazing, the fur moving, the forest, every detail is stunning.

We then find Paddington sitting in the station, and The Brown family are just getting off the train, and as they walk past Mrs Brown spots Paddington and asks if he’s ok. One thing leads to another and he ends up going home with them. Of course Mr Brown is a stiff upper class man and has his routine while his wife is a bubbly caring woman and becomes fond of Paddington. He insists that Paddington can’t stay and must find another home. Of course Paddington hears this and leaves in the middle of the night. The Brown’s realise he’s gone and go on a search.

The film has the usual baddie in Nicole Kidman who turns out to be an ungrateful brat who wants revenge on a bear who in her eyes ruined her father, the Brown’s next door neighbour who turns out to be Doctor Who and doesn’t like anybody and fancies the socks off Nicole Kidman’s character and helps her because he is a weak male.

Then there is of course Mr Brown who has rules and follows them and the daughter who hates everyone while the mother and son are the caring two. Oh and I mustn’t forget Mrs Bird the housekeeper played by Julie Walters. I love her, and once again she had an amazing performance, outstripping a security guard on a game of shots. Love it! And of course her wise words to the Brown children about how fun their Dad used to be and to give him a chance. which of course leads him to rescuing Paddington while dressed as a cleaning lady, a must see!!!! (oh and it’s what gave it its PG rating see here )

So from family fun to baddies being thwarted to bears finding homes and the goodness of a marmalade sandwich, we must remember that sometimes the unexpected far outstrecthes the expected and you can have a lot of fun, I don’t think I stopped giggling once.

Lessons to learn:

Family isn’t just blood, it doesn’t just come in human form, and you shouldn’t judge a person by their appearance.

In times of need we should stick together and work together.

Image isn’t important, might have said that.

If your toothbrush tastes funny, it’s been somewhere it shouldn’t have been 😀

Remember to always keep a marmalade sandwich under your hat for emergencies!

That everyone has something to give, or to bring and you don’t know what you’ve got until its gone, something that keeps recurring in 2014 for me and a few others recently. Oh and it’s good to have some fun in once in a while, so slide down a banister, eat marmalade sandwiches just have fun. 😀

Go to the cinema, spend time with friends and enjoy a film, go see soemthing you wouldn’t normally. I really didn’t think much of this when I saw the poster but I’m so pleased now we saw it, as I haven’t stopped thinking about it.

one last thought I praise Colin Firth as he was to voice the bear originally but couldn’t find the right voice and pulled out. I love you Mr Firth 😀

Oh and we mustn’t forget the original series of Paddington, or one of them, I still love this, I love the artwork put into it:


I think I need the box set 😀

Thank you for reading



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