Directed by: Paul King Written by: Michael Bond (“Paddington Bear” created by),Paul King (screen story) Hamish McColl Starring:Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters
The blurb says: 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 (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realise 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.
The verdict: An utterly magical take on the classic children’s story, Paddington is utterly joyous and delightful.The animation of the small bear is beautifully done, capturing both his animal and human movements brilliantly. All the acting is superb, with some great character turns by Julie Waters and Jim Broadbent. The script is marvellous, with laughs right from the opening scene, peppered with moments of ‘bear peril’, joy and sadness. It is the perfect family film for the holidays.
I defy anyone not to come out of a screening of Paddington with a great big smile on their face. I’m off for a marmalade sandwich.
9 out of 10