Paddington, directed by the great and powerful Paul King, is the story of a young Peruvian bear named Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) and his journey to London in the search for a home. The bear stumbles upon the kind Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. What follows is a series of mishaps, as Paddington attempts to adapt to normal human life.
Lets first get this out of the way. It took me quite some time to adjust to the fact that the human characters in this movie showed no reaction to the fact that they were talking to a bear. Paddington was well versed in English, and it seemed like very little of a surprise to the rest of the characters in the film. In a way, this movie draws a parallel to Ted; both deal with the comedic aspects of an “outsider” adjusting to our day-to-day lifestyles. But I feel that Ted did this better as it gave us a more realistic and better reaction from the other characters partaking in such a scenario.
Paddington is definitely more of a children’s movie. Its script is innocuous and all (or most) of its characters are portrayed to be adorable. The CGI used to bring Paddington to life was impressive, and there were some comedic moments that made me chuckle. The whole movie, though only 95 minutes long, was well put together; the music, costume design, setting etc. gelled and the plot points were tied together well.
On the flip side, the antagonist (played by Nicole Kidman) seemed to be inspired by a run-of-the-mill Disney villain; she wasn’t very menacing. Also, as mentioned previously, Paddington is targeted towards a much younger audience so it kinda felt disinterested at times. Regardless, I’d much rather watch Paddington than some of the other films of this genre. It has its comedic highs, accompanied by a well put-together plot and serviceable performances.