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Paddington (2014)

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Paddington (2014)


Hugh Bonneville
Sally Hawkins
Julie Walters
Jim Broadbent
Peter Capaldi
Nicole Kidman
Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington

Directed by Paul King

Regardless of the lackluster performance of the children in the movie, the movie was spectacular as the adult actors were on point and delivered the fun needed to make you entirely love this movie from the beginning to the end. The comedy was warm hearted and innocent I could not help but wish I could sit back and ask the controller to roll the movie again.

When I was younger and reading the picture book, I recall not much was said about the depth or the birth of Paddington. The decision to give Paddington a depth by the screenwriters was an added advantage.
The movie is based on Paddington Bear by Michael Bond. Paddington is a friendly bear from deepest, darkest Peru, who wears an old hat and carries a battered suitcase. He is too polite and mannerly, but when he is cross with you he inflicts a hard stare.
He was adopted by the browns who named him Paddington after the train station he was found.

The thing about Paddington is trouble always lurks around whenever he is concerned, and so it was in this movie. Paddington went home with the Browns, only to be haunted by certain Millicent Clyde who wanted to kill and stuff him for display.
Paddington wasn’t doing so well at the Browns either, finding it hard to fit in to a lifestyle of gadgets, baths, and toothbrushes.

Watching this movie made me reminisce on the days of Paddington when I was younger. I had the book and watched the cartoon series and was never tired of the bear that loved marmalade. Because of Paddington I had a taste of marmalade, but never got to love it like he did.

The loose ends in Paddington are so glaring, that you have to be high on the performance and the wonderful CGI to have missed that:
Paddington’s aunt left him to fend for himself, abandoned him is a better way to say it.
Then she went away not saying where she was going and then Paddington was sending her letters.
Well, the writers need to tie up the loose ends when they make a second part to this movie, something I know that they will be investigating, thanks to the financial returns this movie had. Paddington Bear is waiting for you to go buy the ticket or DVD and see him standout different from others and soon be a member of the Browns family.


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