Paddington is the latest computer generated (CG) family movie from the producer who brought you Harry Potter and is all about warm and fuzzy feelings that the whole family can enjoy. The movie has the perfect elements of comedy, success, and personification all wrapped up in a cuddly package of a Bear named Paddington.
Paddington starts off with an old time movie from the Geographers Guild by geographer Montgomery Clyde (Tim Downie) who meets some very odd bears and ends up giving them his hat and teaching them the proper way to speak English with English customs to boot. The culturalization carries through to Paddington (Michael Brown), a small but loveable bear who finds himself at Paddington Station where he is taken in by the Brown Family. The dynamic between Paddington and the Brown family creates a bulk of the movie in a search for an identity and a place to call home, while the symbolism with the blossoming pink flower tree as the Brown family wallpaper was beautiful when it properly reflected the moods on screen. The main antagonist Millicent (Nicole Kidman) is a taxidermist who wants to add Paddington to her extensive collection of stuffed and rare exotic animals, and Nicole Kidman acted this scene out with a great level of believability and insanity, though we did wish it was slightly more comedic and PG friendly.
The cinematography of Paddington is memorable, while the storyline pacing was clever and always entertaining with each scene. Every scene has a resemblance to Harry Potter’s cinematography in terms of the brightness of the colors and set-direction with the way the actors are portrayed against the backdrop elements. Hilarity ensues in quite possibly one of the most original movies to come out in 2015 so far in terms of family fare. The only downside to Paddington that we found was that it was irrevocably short, and even after the credits were rolling we were left wanting more and generally not satisfied enough.
Paddington is cleverly written, brilliantly acted, and stunningly portrayed with every minute on screen and is quite possibly a must see for people who love a good family movie, even if it is probably shorter than it should be.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars