Sunday 28 December 2014


I went to see Paddington on Boxing Day. It was a perfect opportunity for a Christmas movie outing with Master Wicker and Ma Wicker. I was also very keen having just read and adored the book for the first time. And I had laughed myself rather silly at the trailer. Possibly more than was seemly, but we can't always control what we laugh at.

Paddington is a good movie interpretation of the book. They had to add a bit more movie type excitement, and so there are plots and villains that don't exist in the books. The film begins with a much more detailed exploration of Paddington's origins in "Darkest Peru" than Michael Bond provides us with in A Bear Called Paddington. But the film's heart is a sweet, warm movie, about the search for home and family, feeling lost in a new culture, and the love of marmalade,  that is enjoyable and funny for movie goers of all ages.

Just in case you missed it.

I did enjoy all the main characters, and always particularly enjoy Matt Lucas on screen. Do watch out for Mrs Brown's shoes. They're rather special. I haven't been able to google what they are, but maybe they are something like these- coincidentally called Louise by John Fluevog. The soundtrack oddly has a rather Cabribean vibe, but perhaps that is close enough to Peru for the movie world. 

1 comment:

Marlene Detierro said...

Oh goodness - this was just the sweetest, family-friendly, cinematically beautiful movie I have seen in the longest of times. I cuddled on the couch with my little ones and we laughed and laughed. Equally as entertaining was watching the venerable Lord Grantham of Downton Abbey play the father/husband roles in their many hues and designs. Of course it was great - it was British! Highly, highly recommended.

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