Soooo. We were lucky enough to get to go and preview the new Paddington Movie with the kids. We hadn’t heard much about it in the run up to the release (we lead a sheltered life, clearly, especially since London is now dotted with the adorable Paddington statues decorated by various artists and that we will soon go on a Paddington Hunt on), but I digress. The point being, sometimes, going to see a movie without any expectations is the BEST way. I had “heard” that it was a PG (opposed to a U), so we were expecting a little “something”. Though wasn’t quite sure what that something was… More on that in a moment. Just to summarise: WE LOVED IT. The kids loved it. I loved it and even my husband loved it (he was giggling away throughout and that says something!).
(This would be a nice movie to watch on DVD on New Year’s Eve! And check these New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids out too!)
Synopsis – After a big storm destroys his home, Paddington sets off to London. To find the kind explorer that his Aunt and Uncle met so many years ago. He arrives in London full of expectation and hope. Only to find that it isn’t quite such a friendly place as expected. Lucky for him, the Brown family find him and take him under his wing. Mr Brown is not too pleased, but soon all the family grow to love the clumsy and hapless little bear. Bringing them together in a way that they had never imagined. So far so good. But danger lurks.. there is an evil Taxidermist on the loose – the disgruntled daughter of the Explorer. And she is AFTER PADDINGTON bear. Will she get him?
Watch the trailer:
But, I would say “scary in a good” way and her antics have a bit of a “Home Alone” feel to them. My kids though, “scared” and “excited” by this character, LOVED the movie through and through. They left the cinema, pink cheeked and jabbering away. Favourite scenes including the Umbrella flying “police bear” and going for a bath tub boat ride.
If you have YOUNG sensitive children then possibly this movie is not for you.. but if your children are used to seeing films and know that plots develop to have a happy ending, then this is definitely a MUST SEE film this Christmas. I can’t wait to see it again!