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  Paddington Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
7.14 /10
Ben Wishaw (voice) , Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman
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Directed by: Paul King
Written by: Paul King, based on the books by Michael Bond

Released: 0
Origin: UK
Colour: C
Length: 0

The comic misadventures of a polite young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a friendly home. A sinister taxidermist (Nicole Kidman) has other ideas.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Great family movies are few and far between, but this is one of them. Technically brilliant in bringing Michael Bondís most famous creation to the big screen, Paul King ensures his screenplay appeals to all ages, with a lot of verbal and visual wit, an ingenious storyline that will entertain adults as well as children, and - best of all - real heart. The sentiment doesnít stray into sentimentality. The slapstick is genuinely funny.

Paddington himself (voiced beautfully by Ben Whishaw) has great charm. Heís reminiscent of Babe in his good-heartedness, meticulous manners and willingness to see the good in everyone.

The film has an endearing subtext about how we often donít treat immigrants with compassion, but it never becomes hectoring or sanctimonious.

Paddington also feels endearingly British in its quirkiness. Itís not far short of the Wallace and Gromit pictures in its comic invention. Okay, the storyline is thin and the villainess (played with gusto by Nicole Kidman) a little too beholden to Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians. This is still a first-rate, feelgood movie, whether youíre five or ninety-five. Ignore the PG certificate; it should have been a U.

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