Paddington | Movie Review 16 Jan 2015   361


Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters
Director: Paul King
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes

Critics Review

Times of India (TOI):

When Paddington (Whishaw) arrives in London (after he loses most of his family in a natural disaster back in Peru), he is initially lost in a sea of strangers and of course, a bit overwhelmed by the whole ‘bright lights, big city’ vibe. Nevertheless, he does have a taste for all things British (with an accent to match and a love for marmalade too) and stoically decides to wait it out at Paddington Station until hopefully, he will meet a family which will let him into their home and make him part of the family unit.
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A rare marmalade-loving talking Peruvian bear, escapes to London to find a new home, after his own gets wrecked in an earthquake. This bear, an orphan living with his uncle and aunt finds himself, by and by at Paddington station, trying to get the attention of someone who will take care of him and help him find a home.
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It’s been a while since a kids’ film made kids laugh out loud during the jokes, and an adult smile ear to ear with its sheer charm. Either children’s movies cater very indefatigably to its target audience, or they kind of forget about the kids and throw in entertainment for adults, or they just get lazy and toss in pop culture references. The new British film ‘Paddington’ comes as a breath of fresh air with its simplicity, sheer cuteness and its dry Brit humour.
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Paddington, like some of the best children’s films, is clever, funny, and likely to appeal as much to adults. Based on the popular children’s books by Michael Bond, the film, about a small talking bear with a Marmalade habit, is in equal parts slapstick and witty while remaining consistently entertaining.
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The Indian Express:

I fell in love with Paddington the very first time I read the book in which he starred. That was a great many years ago, but I’ve always remembered with vast fondness the bear and the place of his origin, ‘darkest Peru’. Since then I’ve never been able to think of Peru without adding ‘darkest’ to it, and for years I thought all bears must be like the little furry fellow who shows up in London one fine day to find himself a forever home.
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