Before Paddington 2 dropped into a friendly bay of pirates we took the opportunity to rewatch his first movie adventure too. So today you’ll get a double entré from your friendly, well-meaning, always polite and kindhearted neighbourhood bloggerista. =^.^=
A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kind Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘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.
Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.
First things first: I think the IMDb ratings are the wrong way round, as the 2014 movie was just betterer than its 2017 sucessor. It was as fluffy and chock full of harmless fun but also a bit more mature and clearly made for all audiences, while the second film was way more childish and unfortunately a bit overdone in the silly department. Still hubby and me had big fun in both movies. Because they are just adorable!
Well, what else is there to say about Paddington’s movie outings?
Of course there is Paddington himself. He’s perfectly voiced by Ben Whishaw with just the right naivéty and curiosity and animated in such a way you won’t care much about his virtuality but accept him as part of the movie, as a real character. Perfect blend of the real and the virtual world.
The Paddington franchise are first and foremost comedies and aimed at families and kidz. In so far actors are kinda supposed to overact, over dramatise and even be downright campy and silly. And it shows in every role and every character how much fun they had during the principal shooting. That goes for both movies.
So I won’t go into criticising the acting. Let’s just say it was pure fun watching the whole ensemble at work. Particularly the Brown family’s parents, Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins. We remember how formidable she played Eliza, the mute janitor, in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which was a much more demanding role.
All in all there were just too many British show and film greats in both movies to mention. I guess a project like Paddington draws celebs like marmelade draws Peruvian bears.
No, really, I don’t have much more to say about the Paddington movies. They are both harmless fun, making you chuckle but never LOL and giving you a warm fuzzy feeling in the stomach. So let me get right into the recommendation:
WATCH IT? Hmmm, by no means are these Must See movie events. But if it so happens and the bear from darkest Peru appears in your local Arrr Mateys Bay, it won’t hurt watching one or both of ’em. Don’t expect to be swept off your feet and you’ll be fine.
CONCLUSION: Hmm again. As I’ve mentioned already a couple times by now the Padddington movies, both of them, aren’t really great in no regard and neither of them will rake in many prices and awards. Still they are irresistible for marmalade lovers of all ages. The character of Paddington Bear is a cuddly little creature, well meaning but chaotic and with the unredeemable power to create havoc wherever he goes. It’s hard not to be enticed by this little bear and his movies.
If you only have time to watch one of the movies you should stick to the first one. It’s a bit more dramatic and menacing, grown up … and you get the whole backstory.
Now let’s see what the YouTube reviewer’s gang made of Paddington: