One of my most favourite TV programmes when I was younger was Paddington Bear. The animation was simple, story and fairly rough, adiposity but I loved it. Paddington Bear was always in trouble, and the fact he kept marmalade sandwiches in his hat was most wonderful. Mrs. Brown was the sensitive Mother, Mr. Brown the grumpy father. There was Mrs. Bird, the older lady who kept everyone right, and the children, Judy and Jonathan.
I was therefore delighted to see that Paddington was being made in to a feature length film. When word on the scene was out about this film, many people were concerned about how sinister Paddington looked, and it soon became viral on social media that perhaps this wasn’t going to be as cute as the original series.
I kept my opinions rather open, and decided to judge for myself. The film came out on DVD last month, so we sat down yesterday evening to watch it.
From the makers of Harry Potter and starring some well-known names, such as Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman, our expectations were on a somewhat high level.
The film starts with an explanation of where Paddington’s roots come from, then goes on to Paddington arriving in London for the first time. He meets the Brown family, and learns how to behave and act in a different world.
There is some sadness, some hilarious moments, and some rather sinister darker humour. Hugh Bonneville plays Mr. Brown and does a fabulous job of being as grumpy as the original TV series. The villain is played by Nicole Kidman. I find this side of the story a little out of sorts, but in some ways it creates a backbone for the story too. Of course she plays it well.
Jasper, my three year old son, was quite taken with the naughty bear antics, but less interested in the actual story or the plot line.
Neets (14 years) was probably more entertained by the film itself. Horrified by the evil villain, and yet seemingly utterly enthralled from start to finish.
My husband and I weren’t disappointed, yet not overly thrilled at the same time. Certainly watchable, and recommended as something to watch.
Perhaps my favourite scene is Julie Walters, playing Mrs. Bird, as a Scottish woman with determination, drinking a caretaker under the table with a bottle of whisky. I guess this is due to my love of Julie.
Paddington is rated PG. Is now available on DVD and many media streaming channels to view.
Directed by Paul King. Produced by David Heyman.
I write for Fuss Free Living, a family and home blog. I’m a mother to five, ranging from my 19 year old son who is at University, then my two teenage daughters 16 and 14, down to my three year old Jasper. We live in The North of The North, but still in England.
Entertainment is just part of our family life, but it’s always good to have some.