I am pretty sure by now we are all aware of this cute little character, a Marmalade loving bear who had his first appearance on TV in the late 50s and since then has become a household name, and in 2014 made a return, but this time to the big screen! Once again he managed to capture the hearts of the world and even gaining new and younger fans that may not have known him before.
Obviously I am talking about the one, the only, Paddington Bear!
Paddington (Ben Whishaw) is a young bear who loves all things British, and after a disaster strikes in his home of Darkest Peru, he is instructed by his aunt to travel to London and start a new life there.
Along the way he comes into the care of the Brown family, consisting of Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins), an artist, Henry Brown (Hugh Boneneville), a man who is forever trying to work out the problems of each and every risk he and his family takes, their two children, Judy and Jonathon, and of course their housekeeper, Mrs Bird (Julie Walters). What at first feels like a safe haven for Paddington, is soon disrupted by a Museum Taxidermist, Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) who has ideas of capturing Paddington to add him to her personal collection and finishing the job her father didn’t.
This movie was nothing but hilarious and so much fun. Perhaps even the funniest film I have ever seen in the last few years and you know what? I am not afraid of that claim! The jokes were witty and came in thick and fast. Once one joke was done it was straight on to the next. My stomach was hurting from laughing.
It also definitely helped that the casting was just spot on! I mean come on, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi as well as appearances from the likes of Jim Broadbent and the voice of Michael Gambon. Is there anything more perfect?
This isn’t just a comedy, oh no! It is a heartwarming tale about fitting in, finding your own place in this huge world and being accepted, not just by others but by yourself. That is the beauty of this movie, you can laugh but also, it allows you to think.
It is definitely easy to see why it has received the reviews and paraise that it has!