Paddington – Film Review

Duration: 1hr 35mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: 28 November 2014

Genre: Comedy, Family, Adventure

Director: Paul King

Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman…

Description: After having to flee his home in Peru a young bear sets out to London, he arrives at Paddington station and hopes that someone will give him a home. Luckily for the bear the Brown family come along and offer him a temporary home while they try and arrange a better location for the creature. Whilst the bear causes chaos and disruption members of the Brown family soon start to regret offering their home to the young bear.

My Thoughts: I remember seeing the trailer for this film last year over and over again and thinking it actually looked quite good and it looked funny. Last night I noticed that it was on Amazon Prime and thought “Why not?” so I turned the film on and only minutes into the film it had me and other members of my family laughing.

It took awhile for Paddington to actually grow on me, when the film started I actually thought that the bear was going to be really annoying and as a result ruin the entire film. But eventually his cute, charming and cheeky personality won me over.

I thought the film was quite well cast although I feel like Nicole Kidman is everyone’s choice for a bad guy in children’s films. I thought Madeleine Harris and Hugh Bonneville we both good in their roles and they didn’t perform as if they were actors, you could actually recognise their behaviour in people you knew or had met and therefore it felt more realistic. Also Sally Hawkins was really good.

Some parts of it were just ridiculous and not even entertaining, I didn’t like Nicole Kidman’s character at all and I think the film would have been much better if it was just Paddington causing mischief rather than the entire bad-guy-trying-to-catch-the-bear storyline.

It was you’re average family film with a few laughs but nothing particularly stood out, there wasn’t a moment I could particularly name as being a really great part or the highlight of the entire film.

I would rate it 2 and a half stars/5 but only because it made me laugh.

Warnings: Some scenes may be upsetting or distressing to younger children, there is a romance element and a couple of kissing scenes, alcohol is consumed, for full details click the link:

Trailer: To see a trailer and more information on the film click the link:

Other Information: Nominated for six awards in which it won one. Paddington is based on the series of books written by Michael Bond. The series is over twenty books long and the first one was published in 1958.

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