Paddington has been one film, I have been looking forward to for months now. As a Brit, the cultural symbols Paddington signifies around London, and indeed around the country, are immense. If you've even been on the London Tube, you cannot help but remember the big, old brown bear, his blue raincoat and marmalade-loving ways. His travels and his interesting luggage has taken him onto cinema screens now, but how do we find the film to be? Released nationwide on 28 November 2014, it stars some big names from Hollywood, such as Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, with Ben Wishhaw providing the voiceover for Paddington Bear. Michael Bond created the character, and he is certainly much-loved in England. What you find in the film is surprising however - the animation has been noted as one that can give Pixar a run for its money but it's so obviously whimsically Brit, that the film has become a surprise, a very good one this year, for everyone.
After coming back from Peru, where Paddington has taught the locals Queen's English in B&W and made them fall in love with marmalade, Paddington comes back home in-colour after a Peruvian earthquake but its his first time in London - a city he has envisioned throughout his travel souvenirs as one lined with hugs...from strangers! He is so confident in his daydreaming, that he has no trouble believing that his encounter with happy strangers, will see him move to a warm and loving house, for once. Michael Bond even makes a cameo in the film, his very first, toasting a flute of red wine to Paddington, which was interesting given that Padington came to life post-WWII, in 1958. Kidman plays the vamp, in the film, a taxidermist who resembles a Nigel Farage, that would infuriate you for treating a lovable immigrant who blends into his own country, that way.
The tragic episode during the war, when many children were separated from their mothers to new homes and new families dispersed around the country, inspired him to caricature Paddington Bear. Initially there is no sign of warmth in London, from strangers, it's just busy commuters, who don't notice there is a talking bear in the station. He encounters the Browns in the station, a family that takes him home for the night, where he spends time telling them about his gaping travel stories. You get to see London, a lot, which makes you wonder, how our friends around the world would perceive it to be like, when it hits DVDs in picture-perfect manner: the London Eye and the Buckingham Palace, a lot of funny episodes with cabbies, and the tedious, boring times of modern-day Great Britain. If you love children's tales, fables, bedtime stories, then this film is for you - it belongs at the top of the tier of children's films, and deserves a watch this Christmas!
This review was written by Fashion Girl