My family and I were given tickets to see an early screening of PADDINGTON, (though free tickets never sway my opinions). PADDINGTON, out in theaters January 16 nationwide, is a sweet, sweet movie that will touch your heart and make you laugh. My 7 year old was on the edge of her seat and my 2 year old sat in his seat…I call that a good movie!
PADDINGTON may have been the first non-animated movie my kids have really liked. And for a pseudo-cinematography buff like me, I was amazed at how PADDINGTON seemed so real. I know that Peruvian bears can’t talk but there were times in the movie that I kind of forgot he wasn’t as real as the rather frightening Nicole Kidman or the uptight Hugh Bonneville. The film makers did an excellent job of bringing a lovable icon, this delightful little bear, I knew as a child and introducing him to my kids. I thank them for that.
I also thank them for showing me that everyone, even a Peruvian bear, can belong anywhere. As someone who is adopted, I felt for that little bear who was all alone, trying to look his best, hoping to catch the eye of a nice family who would look after him. He just wanted someone to take care of him. I connected with him, with this non-human movie character, on an emotional level. I just loved the teaching moment it provided to help my kids understand a family is what you make it.
PADDINGTON arrives in theaters January 16! It’s the perfect movie to warm your heart during the cold winter months!
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 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.
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.