Movie Recommendation: Paddington (2014)

Quote from Paddington by Aunt Lucy : “Mrs. Brown says that in London everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in.  I think she might be right – because although I don’t look like anyone else, I really do feel at home.  I’ll never be like other people, but that’s alright because I’m a bear.  A bear called Paddington.”


Producers: Rosie Alison, Jeffrey Clifford, Olivier Courson, Alexandra Ferguson-Derbyshire, Ron Halpern, David Heyman, Ben Irving, James Joseph McDonald, Manohar Tahilramani, Bob Weinstein, and Harvey Weinstein

Director: Paul King

Writers: Paul King (written), Hamish McColl and Paul King (screen story), Michael Bond (“Paddington Bear” created by)

Major Cast: Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw (voice), Imelda Staunton (voice), and Michael Gambon (voice)

Rating: PG for mild action and rude humor

Running Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Paddington is family adventure and comedy about a Peruvian bear that travels to London to search for a British geographer named Montgomery Clyde.  The only problem is he doesn’t know his name, and worse when he arrives to London, no one notices him.  He finally meets the Brown family in the train station, and thanks to Mrs. Brown’s persuasion, he is invited into their home.  He is now known as Paddington, and begins the task of finding who gave his uncle Pastuzo the hat he now wears.  He forms a bond with the Browns and enjoys being part of a family.  After finding clues to Clyde’s location, Paddington finds his daughter, Millicent, but things don’t go as planned.  He now has to find a way to escape Millicent’s desire to restore her family name.  The end is what I figured it would be with the rewards and punishments applied to the right characters.  I Paddington offers a considerable amount of laughs and kept my attention throughout.  The production design was also aesthetically pleasing and the acting had a crispness to it (maybe, I’m wanting an apple).  Bottom line, it’s a lighthearted movie with a bear that talks and likes to take baths.

I rate Paddington GREAT at 90%.


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