Beloved bear brings joy to big screen in “Paddington”

By Mary Ann Odete

Via The Guardian

Paddington Bear is gracing the big screen at last. Based on the beloved children’s books by Michael Bond, Paddington comes from deepest darkest Peru to London in hopes of finding a family. Unbeknownst to Paddington, it is much harder to find a home than he initially thought.

Each of the actors brings the sort of lightness that makes children’s films a joy to watch at any age. Nicole Kidman plays the obvious antagonist (a taxidermist) and portrays her character, Millicent, as the cartoon-esque villain. The entire movie moves forth with a cartoon-esque feel, Paddington inadvertently getting himself into hilarious situations that seem to just smoothly work themselves out.

The cast also includes Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Mr. and Mrs. Brown. The Browns agree to temporarily house Paddington and in return they are rewarded with a very mind-boggling yet highly humorous experience. Mr. Brown is initially wary of Paddington, constantly calculating the risks a bear can pose to an English household, but Paddington charms his way into everyone’s heart. Peter Capaldi stars as the their nosy neighbor and Ben Wishaw, Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon voice Paddington, Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pastuzo, respectively.

In addition to the acting and the plot, “Paddington” is also visually stellar. The bright colors give off a warm feeling that just makes the audience want to smile. The CGI bears are perfect as well. The visual aspects mixed in with the engaging story and quality acting make for a lovely cinematic experience.

For all the lovers of the “Paddington Bear” books, this movie will be a treat. For all those unfamiliar with Paddington Bear, this movie will still be a treat. It is a romp around London with the best guide possible.

Mary Ann Odete is a contributing writer. Email her at film@nyunews.com.

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