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Movie review: Paddington



During the winter break, we decided to go to the movies as a family. Paddington provided the whole family with some great laugh-out-loud moments.

Storyline in short

Based on Michael Bond's beloved book A Bear Called Paddington. After growing up with his Aunt Lucy in the Peruvian jungle, Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) boards a ship alone and travels to London. Upon his arrival at Paddington Station, the little bear is found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins), who take him into their home—but an evil taxidermist (Nicole Kidman) has her eyes set on the lovable fellow.

Favourite character

Both my seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter simply adored Paddington, the lovable bear. Of course, they have one at home to cuddle with.

Favourite scene

My son’s favourite part was the bathroom scene, particularly the part where Paddington swooshes down the stairs in the bathtub. For my daughter, it was when he was flying through the air with a British police hat on.

Even my husband enjoyed the movie And for me? I simply love a happy ending and I always loved Paddington when I was little. Why would that change now?

Discussions to be prepared for

“Can we try marmalade?”

“What is a taxidermist?” and of course, "How does one become an orphan?”


Cinemum says:

G: General

When it rains...it paws.

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

Directed by: Paul King

Running time: 95 minutes

Rated: G (Australia), PG (UK), NR (USA)

Violence/gore: Characters are shot with tranquiliser darts, pin-pricked, thrown through the air, near-crushed, near-incinerated, knocked, shoved, slapped, hit with objects, pickpocketed, bound, hung upside down, kidnapped, attacked by birds. Characters fall down stairs. Knife thrown. Objects smashed/knocked over/thrown. Home destroyed. Property damage, explosions, theft. Thieves, murderers, pickpockets mentioned. Reference to Kindertransport/World War II. Blood/gore: Boy in hospital bed, bandaged leg. Medical instruments seen.

Sex/nudity: Shirtless man (photograph). Cross-dressing.

Vices/drug use: People sedated (tranquiliser darts). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, shots). Intoxication. Pipe. 

Offensive language: Family/London stereotypes. Religious reference.

Themes: Paddington bear, family, home, trust, discovery, travel, invention, London, Peru, marmalade, geography, rain, the Underground, languages, taxidermy, immigration, xenophobia.

Hidden extras: Deceased uncle/father (presumed). Deceased parents, deceased father mentioned. Bears, scorpion, dog, butterfly, crows, pigeons, monkey. Taxidermy animals. Plane, earthquake, thunder, lightning. Ear wax, spitting, licking, saliva, manure, toilet, power blackout. Based on the books by Michael Bond.

Critics like: Delightful, hilarious, touching, family friendly, whimsical, inventive, surprising, heart-filled, warm, witty, sweet, charming, simple, cuddly, thoughtful, triumphant, sharp, modern, fast, engaging, affirming. Lovable lead, silly jokes, storybook visuals, quirkily British, excellent vocal performance from Ben Whishaw, no product placement, no outlandish score, brief cameo from Michael Bond. 

Critics don't like: Slow-motion slapstick, schematic finish, odd sub-plot between Millicent and Mr Curry.

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