When I decided to watch this I expected a simple story to help me switch off my brain after a hard day. What I got was an incredibly sweet and heart-warming tale with great visuals and an amazing cast. This film is definitely a lot better than it sounds. 4.5 stars.
Paddington, eine High Tech CGI Animation, beruhend auf den bekannten Märchen - ein Balance Akt, der beides sein muss: Modern und altmodisch zugleich. Paul King hat die Geschichten des Marmelade fressenden Bären aus Michael Bonds Kinderbüchern adaptiert.... den Rest der Rezension gibts auf cinegeek.de
Beyond the standard family feelgood fare, there is a warmth and intelligence here which took me by surprise on release and is even more pertinent a year later: an affectionate and impassioned reminder of Britain's past legacy of being open to immigration - sentimental yes, but necessary. Some stunning art direction. Bonneville and Hawkins are pitch perfect as modern equivalents of the Bankses of Mary Poppins.
have to admit Peter Capaldi is a bit dodgy here--almost miscast even. And the plot is almost an absolute textbook, really. But with a little bit silliness here and there, added with the lovable Ben Whishaw in a believable furry creature, the movie is fun, made you smile like a warm sweet milk tea (half and half though, not full cream).
Utterly charming from it's newsreel beginning, this is a little gem. It never betrays the spirit of its source material & title character, who remains quintessentially British & utterly charming regardless of it's CGI. He may not be voiced by Colin Firth, but Whishaw gives a splendid performance. The film may lag in the middle, but w/ a great cast & villainess in Kidman this film is as sweet as orange marmalade.
On paper, Paddington looks like the fodder for a family friendly animation film. It’s about a bear from Darkest Peru, who comes to English to find a family to live with. He does find a family after much adventure. The problem is the family is a human family, and the film is a live action film. My problem was not the talking bear, but how nonchalantly all the other characters accept the bear’s ability to talk.