After Stoker divided opinion we looked high and wide for something a little less grizzly (sorry).   Strangely topical and completely adorable, Paddington (2014, 95mins, rated PG) is this week’s Streamers Film Club movie of the week.  Maybe even watch it back-to-back with Stoker for a weird Nicole Kidman double bill?

Once again, you can find the film here where it’s currently free to watch for existing Amazon Prime members. Enjoy.

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How to join in:  As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the movie or a short review in the comments section below (caution, the comments are bound to be full of spoilers).  We’ll post ours there too.  And don’t forget, if you want us to choose a specific film next week please send us your suggestions.

The official blurb reads:

After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed “Paddington” for the london train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). Although Paddington’s amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: Taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) has designs on the rare bear and his hide.

Here’s what some other people thought:

IMDB user score: 7.2/10  Empire:  5 stars Total Film: 4 stars

but what about you?  Let us know in the comments below…

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  1. I absolutely loved this film. Not only does it have the esteemed accolade of being the only film I have wanted to fight my cinema phobia for to see in the last ten years, it was the perfect film for both children and adults alike. It’s been a long time since I saw something which if I had bin lids I would take them to see but would just as well enjoy myself (it’s got some severely funny undertones which hopefully kids won’t get). It made me laugh, cry and fall in love with Paddington all over again (there’s not a lot I loved 35+ years ago which I still do)
    (and I for one, LOVED the Kidman evil side)

  2. Well, it’s unanimous so far – because I loved it too!

    Despite all the good reviews I was still nervous it was going to be either too “kiddy” or just really generic. However, as soon as the Pathé newsreel intro started I knew I’d enjoy it and I thought they really nailed the Britishness of it all the way through. The focus on good manners, chat about the weather and the idea of helping the needy actually made me a mixture of proud and a little bit sad to be honest but that’s maybe something for another time.

    On a lighter note, I also thought it was really funny and a it had a particularly nice mix of the silly and the surreal. My favourites were the Calypso band and the (now this just sounds odd) stuffed animal rears, but I laughed pretty regularly throughout. I guess some people will be put off by the “family film” tag but they are missing out. Excellent stuff.

  3. I always find it hard to suspend my disbelief when it comes to children’s films. I know this film isn’t just for the kids… But… It’s always way too over the top for me.

    I usually think I’m not going to like films like this. But I actually really enjoyed it in parts. The chase scene was cool. The first bit in the doll’s house, some time-lapse of London cityscape… The scene with the guardsman. But then there was the awful German accent.., and the fact that Kidman wasn’t great again (she was ok at best in Stoker)….

    Paddington was generally really well done. There were some nice touches. And the animation was incredible. That was amazing to see.

    I was happy to see so many great British actors, but actually the acting wasn’t great?! Or maybe it was fitting for the genre…

    Overall, not bad. But not for me! 7/10. Some people might be disappointed that I don’t really enjoy films like this. But I think need more involvement in a film to enjoy it.

    Roll on the next one!

    1. Interesting, particularly about the acting, and always good to have different opinions! Out of curiosity would you give any kids film a higher score? I’d recommend the Goonies or the Princess Bride.

      I didn’t think the acting was bad but now wonder if I just set different standards for kids stuff (which makes no sense of course). I reckon it’s mainly down to the broader characterisation – e.g not sure Capaldi could do much else with the neighbour character other than ham it up like panto. Ditto for Milicent. Is that lack of complexity necessary for kids or patronising?

      Still deciding about next week but both candidates might be more your cup of tea…

  4. I like the Goonies. It’s a quality film, and with scenes of mild peril, a little bit Indiana Jones. I’ve not seen the Princes Bride.

    I liked Ratatouille, and the Madagascar films for example. I’m sure there are others. But I’ve steared well clear of animated classic the Lion King… Can’t tell you why! Maybe it’s something to do with the heady mix of cartoon and musical… Although I did like Frozen!

    Maybe it’s live-action with animation. I really don’t like Who Framed Roger Rabbit!

    You’re right, the actors can’t do much more with what they have. Hamming it up fits well. I liked Capaldi.

    1. LOVE the Lion King but you might be right to avoid it – sounds like it might be the (shudder for this word) “wacky” type of stuff that you don’t like and there is a bit of that, particularly with the Hyenas (although Madagascar has thrown me). Princess Bride is one of my favourite films but it is REALLY silly so again, maybe not for you.

  5. Here’s a comment from a fb friend of ours:

    I really enjoyed the film, it kept in keeping with the books, a lovely cameo by the original author Michael Bond ( he raises a glass in the restaurant as Paddington passes in the taxi ), the sadness at the start, similar to UP, gets the film a humanist level, but sadly it was the Nicole Kidman character that was trying to be too Cruella D’Ville ( Glen Close), and Peter Capaldi as the neighbour Mr Curry , which let the film down. He wasn’t played as the books portrayed but 8/10 from me.

  6. Like Giles I was wary of this film despite all the good reviews.I don’t have anything against “kids films” per se, in fact there’s many of them that I love, but I don’t have any particular memory of Paddington from my childhood and the way the film was advertised just didn’t draw me in.

    However, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I laughed out loud many times and the humour was much more surreal than I had expected. A particular favourite was the escalator scene which I thought was inspired. I also thought all the main cast were great, particularly Sally Hawkins, and I much preferred Nicole Kidman in this to Stoker. It didn’t tug on my heart strings like some other kids films have done (Iron Giant, Toy Story 3, Big Hero 6 to name but 3) but you don’t always want a film to make you cry.

    So it’s a solid 4 stars out of 5 from me.

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