Paddington Movie Review
The live-action/animated blend Paddington could easily have been an unmitigated disaster, but instead it’s one of the funnier and more refreshing family films of the year. About a talking bear with a British accent, Paddington is witty, lighthearted (save for one or two really depressing moments) and silly—a film the entire family can enjoy.
With the classic character voiced by Ben Whishaw and the rest of the cast consisting of Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville (the dad from “Downton Abbey”) and Nicole Kidman, who plays the film’s villain—a taxidermist who wants to add Paddington to her personal collection—Paddington has considerable acting talent to bring the sharp screenplay by writer/director Paul King to life. The movie mixes jokes suitable for small children with humor that adults will appreciate, making it a pic that works for all ages.
There are a few moments—an off screen death in the beginning of the movie, and a scene where a homeless Paddington struggles in the rain—that add somber notes to the production. There’s nothing wrong with them, but little kids and certain individuals—cough, my fiancé, cough—may find them distressing.
http://www.filmjabber.com/movie-preview/paddington.html is a surprisingly fun family film that is well worth waking from hibernation.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.