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1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined -until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rare talking bear catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. The film features an entirely computer-generated bear who interacts with a cast of esteemed actors.
2.) Special Features
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.Rated PG for mild action and rude humor.Box office gross: $76.2 million. ViewCartoon DVD Box Sets
Released by Dimension and The Weinstein Company
1.)I have been hearing many good things about this movie, and I have finally gotten the opportunity to see it. Here are my thoughts on the movie Paddington.
The movie opens and we see a bit of old footage showing a man by the name of Montgomery Clyde who is exploring Peru. He soon comes across two bears; and upon further realization he soon discovers that they not only can talk, but they also have taken a liking to the fruit preserve marmalade. Montgomery decides to name the bears Pastuzo and Lucy and years later Lucy and Pastuzo are shown to be taking care of their nephew. After Lucy later sends their nephew off to London, he is struggling to find shelter until a chance meeting with the Brown family changes everything.
I must admit I did not expect to enjoy Paddington as much as I did. Actor Ben Whishaw lends his vocal talents starring as Paddington and does a fabulous job voicing the bear.Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins portray Henry and Mary Brown, and Nicole Kidman gives Paddington an exceptional performance in her role as the antagonist Millicent Clyde.
2.)I remember watching the original Paddington bear series and loving it as a child, and had low hopes for this film since so many movies and stories that once were old, are being remade into new and tend to be far off or end up being a waste.
Not this one.
I feel they did a great job with this film. It wasnt too overly sugar coated or full of bells and whistles. It was just right. Cute comedy, warm hearted touching scenes with adventure and mischief. I honestly thought my kids wouldnt be interested in watching it (twin 7yr olds) but they were glued to the tv the whole time, giggling away and it kept me entertained as well. Very happy I purchased this, it went beyond my hopes for what I was expecting since everyone seems to be doing remakes/reboots of older children stories/movies and they flop, disappoint or just too overly done.
I had been wanting to get some new movies to enjoy with my kids and this one hit the spot. Looking to watch it many more times.
3.) As a Paddington fan since I was little, I loved this movie. Unlike the books, Paddington's origin is fleshed out and explained in detail, which is necessary to what happens in the story later on. Much of it is funny and the cast is wonderful, but because it is a combination of live action and CGI, I don't know that it would fully hold the attention of kids younger than about 9. Also, some scenes might be a bit upsetting for younger kids: there's a huge earthquake that results in a character's death, and the baddie is bent on collecting exotic animals and cutting them up to stuff. You don't actually see any taxidermy, but the implication is there. Aside from that, it's a great family movie that we will watch over and over.
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