Paddington Bear is the loveable character from Michael Bond. First published in 1958, the bear became a favorite friend to children and adults around the world. Although it’s uncertain why it took until late 2014 for Paddington to star in his own movie, the years were worth the wait! This is a “don’t miss” film to view on the Big Screen. Then place your order for the DVD and enjoy viewing it at home time and again.
This isn’t a spoiler – just a caution that there is some sadness, gunfire, drinking, and sleep-causing darts in various parts of Paddington’s story. Some parents may want to attend the movie first and decide which family members will attend the theater first. The humor and action are along the lines of that found in Muppets Most Wanted.
Genius is the word I’ll use for characterization and scenery. Paddington and his family are not cartoon characters; they look and act authentic with a bit of bear and person wrapped into each one. The spectacular views of London are incredible. Nicole Kidman carries off the role of Millicent with finesse. Mrs. Bird, played by Julie Walters, displays the talent that’s earned the British actress multiple awards.
Each of us impacts the direction of life around us, even though we may never see the effect. Watch for the subtle hints and displays the second time you view Paddington Bear. Put a little orange marmalade on a slice of bread, take a bite, and enjoy the show! I certainly did!