10 items from 2015
When reviewing a movie intended for a younger audience, I try to put myself in the shoes of the film’s key demographic. With a movie like Paddington, I immediately found myself whisked away into the world of everyone’s favorite bear from deepest, darkest Peru. Watching the movie brought back my childhood memories of reading Michael Bond’s book series. I’m happy to report that the film captures the charm, whimsy, wit, and joy that ooze off the pages of the books.
Paddington opens up with a quick prologue explaining the discovery of Paddington’s Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pastuzo followed by how, and why, Paddington found his way inside London’s Paddington Station with a tag around his neck with a request to “please look after this bear” like a child evacuee from World War II. Once in London, Paddington finds himself taken in by the Brown »
- Dane Jackson
Chicago – It may prove hard to recall an era of talking creatures in live-action movies before the napalm hellfire of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” or “The Smurfs.” But, lest we forget, “Babe” has more Academy Awards than “The Master.” Arriving at the coy and wise time of the film year where expectations are either golden or underneath the barrel, talking bear Paddington arrives stateside as a well-behaved throwback to brighter days for a simple genre, with an efficient sense of humor and a few globs of vision, too.
Voiced with clear-eyed wonder by Ben Whishaw, cheery children’s book icon Paddington is a Peruvian bear with both a refined English vernacular and ravenousness for orange marmalade, attributes learned from British artifacts left by visiting explorer Montgomery Clyde. When Paddington’s home is destroyed in an earthquake, the young bear stows away to foggy London to meet the revered adventurer. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 16th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Blackhat Director: Michael Mann Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, Leehom Wang, Manny Montana, William Mapother, Archie Kao, Spencer Garrett, John Ortiz, Holt McCallany Synopsis: "Set within the world of global cybercrime, 'Blackhat' follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta." Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (8 reviews) Paddington Director: Paul King Cast: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Matt King, Samuel Joslin, Ancuta Breaban, Daniel Westwood, Dominic Coleman Synopsis: "A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search »
- Steve Greene
January films are often rather ghastly. Whether they be comedy, action, or otherwise, chances are you will have an unfortunate time in the theater when seeing a film in January, unless you are seeing the awards contenders from the previous year. Family films are also quite the crapshoot, with most of them being rather insufferable. Combine the two together, and you are headed for the disaster. So, when the swath of positive reviews of Paddington started to come out, I was a bit shocked. You have to be joking! But as it turns out, this story about a bear becoming part of a middle-class British family is exactly the movie I wanted to see. The bear I speak of is the titular Paddington (his "bear name" is a little too hard to pronounce), voiced by the charming Ben Whishaw. Decades earlier, his aunt (Imelda Staunton) and uncle (Michael Gambon) were »
- Mike Shutt
Just what we need, another cute kids’ movie about a lovable, talking animal. Children can’t seem to get enough of these movies, despite how dreadfully awful they usually are, by most adults’ standards. Spy on parents some time while they treat their little ones to these chatty creature films and you’re likely to find most of them struggling to grin and bear the experience. Yeah. See what I did there?
Normally, you’d be hard pressed to find me caught anywhere near one of these movies. There are, of course, always those rare exceptions that lead you to eat that bitter N word… “never.” This is why I try and never say never about a film, unless its in the title. Paddington (2014) is a family-friendly film, and by that I mean its friendly for the entire family, children and adults. The film is based upon the beloved books by author Michael Bond, »
- Travis Keune
Directed by Paul King
Disclaimer: This review is in regards to the version released earlier in UK cinemas, which did not seem to feature Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani’s single “Shine”. As such, this reviewer can not vouch for the recently released song’s presence in any scene alterations for the North American release. I would, however, like to publicly request that Mr. Williams’ song “Happy” be pulled from the radio. Thank you.
A big screen, CG-assisted adaptation of Michael Bond’s beloved Paddington Bear book series could have gone so horribly wrong, becoming yet another offender in the line-up of pandering kids-aimed film atrocities like Yogi Bear, Garfield, and The Smurfs. Thankfully made with clear love for the material and smart execution from writer-director Paul King, Paddington is instead a welcome breath of fresh air in a family film market that, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
At first sight, Paddington Bear looks monstrous, his creepy photorealistic fur bringing to mind 2010’s astonishingly misconceived Yogi Bear. You can almost hear the soft, squelching sound as audience’s hearts sink, the sound of teeth gritting as they prepare for yet another sacrilegious plundering of a beloved children’s classic. What nightmares are we going to have to endure? Is Paddington Bear going to have an attitude? Is he going to wear a puffa jacket? Oh god.. he’s going to rap, isn’t he?
This consuming sense of dread isn’t director Paul King’s fault. It’s just that we’ve been burned so many times by overblown, gagless, soulless cinematic abortions that we expect the worst; to look into the eyes of a CG bear is to see a grinning studio exec staring back (probably doing some warped approximation of the hated “Dreamworks face”).
This is a pity, »
- David James
Title: Paddington Director: Paul King Starring: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Samuel Joslin and Madeleine Harris Finding your rightful place in society, no matter how polite and full of heart you are, can be a taunting experience for anyone. But that harrowing adventure can be even more terrifying for a young person-or bear-who has unwavering faith in the kindness of others. That charmingly innocent confidence is powerfully tested in the new compelling family comedy, ‘Paddington,’ which is based on the ‘Paddington Bear’ children’s books by Michael Bond. The film, which was directed by English helmer Paul King, who also co-wrote the script with Hamish McColl, powerfully emphasizes [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Paddington Bear's first night in a home with the Brown family is full of excitement -- perhaps a little too much excitement.
In this exclusive clip from "Paddington," the little Peruvian bear experiments with toothbrushes, tries mouthwash, and inadvertently floods the entire bathroom. This exclusive gives you a good idea of how great "Paddington" looks, with its fabulous mix of CG and live action; the wind ruffling Paddington's fur looks just as awesome as the Browns' cute London house.
Even though American audiences are usually suspicious of January releases, we can reassure you from firsthand experience that "Paddington" rocks. If you don't believe us, maybe you'll believe the millions of people who saw it since its opening in the UK in November. This marmalade-loving bear even beat out "The Hunger Games" at the UK box office, which is no small feat.
- Jenni Miller
Hugh Bonneville celebrated his 51st birthday recently, but he hasn’t lost touch with the little boy he once was.
It explains why the British actor known the world over as the sensible Lord Grantham from TV’s "Downton Abbey" jumped at the chance to play the human father to a CGI bear in the family-friendly Paddington.
“Paddington the bear was very much a part of my childhood,” says Bonneville on the line from London, England. “The character emerged from the books of Michael Bond, first written in 1958, so they’ve been around a long time and as I say have formed part of the tapestry of my childhood.”
Blessed with a melodious voice that manages to sound both comforting and slightly stern, Bonneville began his career in theatre and then found success in British television where he’s appeared in more than 60 shows and small-screen films.
It was the »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
10 items from 2015
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