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Paddington

January 1, 2017

Paddington (2014)
Director: Paul King
Actors: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

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Synopsis: A cute bear from “deepest darkest Peru” migrates to the UK on the lookout for an old explorer he met.

Review: Paddington owes a huge dept to Wes Anderson’s earlier (and superior) Fantastic Mr Fox: from the whimsical imagining of its main animal character, the overall wry sense of humour, and the one or two ingenious, encyclopedic “doll’s house” views of the Brown’s family home.

Although Paddington is much more mainstream and calibrated in its thrills than Fantastic Mr Fox, it feel churlish to be overly critical when it’s so well made and thoroughly entertaining. And in spite of that slickness, there’s something so appealingly ‘British’ in the production that aids it amiability and honours the source material: it’s very genteel, and the ingenious skits of Paddington and the Brown family celebrate the essential inventiveness and eccentricity that is at the heart of the British sensibility. (January 2017)

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