Paddington (2014) – Rated PG, 95 minutes
(image from Paddington.com)
The movie follows a young bear from Peru who travels to England to find a home – hopefully with an English explorer who had once been to Peru and bonded with the bear’s family. However, upon arriving in London, he discovers that people aren’t as open and warm to him as he had expected. One family – the Browns – does take him in on temporary basis, and name him Paddington as that’s the train station they found him in. Though Paddington doesn’t make things easy, they help him search for the explorer in hopes that the explorer will take him in. Meanwhile, a lady villain (who we eventually learn is the daughter of the English explorer) intends to make Paddington a stuffed bear to display as a trophy in honor of her father.
The film kept going over the point that “it’s not easy being somewhere new” – as Paddington himself said. We see this from the moment Paddington enters London, as the crowds rush past him on the train station platform without stopping to hear what he has to say. The film also shows Paddington having difficulties adjusting to life in a house as he nearly ruins an entire bathroom as he tries to get ready for bed!
Paddington is intended for elementary schoolage children (Turner 2015), I feel that, generally, those children will enjoy the movie with its adorable Paddington bear, absurd and silly situations that Paddington gets into, and endearing Brown family. However, there are some comments and jokes that adults, not young children, will only appreciate.
Overall, this is a great movie for families. The animations are well done, the talented cast delivers wonderful performances, and it all comes together for a happy ending. Critics give the film favorable reviews, saying comments like, “Bathed in rich reds and browns, the film builds goodwill even when it swerves in a bizarre and twisted direction” (Turner 2015).
Review by KaylaAnn Villanueva, November 2015
Turner, K. (2015, January 15). Paddington Finds a Home on the Big Screen: Movie Review. Retrieved from http://www.slj.com/2015/01/books-media/paddington-finds-a-home-on-the-big-screen-movie-review/