All of the indications pointed to Paddington (2014) being a good movie, and it was.
I’ll say this first. I haven’t seen the newer Doctor Who episodes yet, because Netflix doesn’t have them yet. So when Peter Capaldi popped onto the screen as the neighbor man who doesn’t like Paddington, this became my first experience with Peter Capaldi. This becomes the first thing I’ve seen him in. I knew it was him right away, he has a pretty unique face in my viewing experience. The buggy eyes (he reminds me of Ralph Furley that way), the pinkness around them that makes it look like he’s been crying, and the darkness below them that makes it look like he needs a rest. He has a small role but gives a nice performance, and I’ll remember his awesome ugly sweater vest for quite a while.
The story is really solid. I’m not so familiar with the books, so I don’t know how true to the original story the movie is. Marmelade is present in a big way. I learned that Paddington’s relatively unique sort of bear species comes from Peru. As with many other stories, it’s a sort of tragedy that forces the change to occur, that is, that Paddington decides to go to London.
I loved the set design…the house of the Browns is really cool. I love the cylindrical design of the staircase in the foyer, with the tree painted onto the wall. Each of the rooms in the house is beautiful to look at. When they do that shot of a dollhouse being opened up, and revealing the six rooms in the Brown house, that is really beautiful to look at. Maybe for me anyway, I love that sort of thing.
Sally Hawkins plays Mary Brown, the mother in the family. She’s perfect for this role, a sort of British mum who is the first to have compassion for the situation Paddington finds himself in. In fact, it’s she who first names the bear. Paddington, without intending to, gets himself into all sorts of mischief and ends up upsetting one of the family members, and it’s Mary Brown who helps to keep the peace.
Nicole Kidman plays Millicent, and is very eager to capture Paddington. When she breaks through the glass on the Brown ceiling and descends on a wire, it’s quite a poke I think at Tom Cruise’s famous scene in Mission Impossible.
The ending was nice. Our heroes must thwart the bad lady in the end, and what occurs is something that had been building up for the duration of the film. I’m happy with how that ties neatly together at the end there.
||Rating: 7.5/10 (14,077 votes)
Director: Paul King
Writer: Paul King, Hamish McColl (screen story), Paul King (screen story), Michael Bond (character "Paddington Bear")
Stars: Tim Downie, Madeleine Worrall, Lottie Steer, Geoffrey Palmer
Runtime: 95 min
Genre: Comedy, Family
|Plot: A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.