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szdaily -> Movies -> 
Paddington
    2015-03-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    LAUNCHED by a much-loved children’s book, “A Bear Called Paddington” (1958) by Michael Bond, which spawned yet more books, a clutch of TV series of varying quality, and oodles of merchandising, Paddington Bear is not a brand to be messed with lightly.

    The film is actually quite charming, thoughtful and as cuddly as a plush toy, albeit one with a few modern gizmos thrown in. These include a contemporary period setting, an extended narrative arc featuring an invented baddie (Nicole Kidman) to add tension, a right-on subtextual message about tolerance, and some winking jokes and allusions only grown-ups will get, like references to Wes Anderson films. All in all, it strikes a judicious balance between honoring the spirit of the original books and servicing the needs of the target demographic.

    Kind-hearted Mrs. Brown (Sally Hawkins), a children’s book illustrator, takes a shine to the little bear, who comes to London to make a living, at the Paddington train station. She manages to persuade her stiff-backed insurance-assessor husband Mr. Brown (Hugh Bonneville) and kids to let Paddington move in with them and their elderly relative Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters) until he finds somewhere more suitable to stay. A plumbing-related disaster soon occurs.

    Meanwhile, a taxidermist (Kidman) gets wind of Paddington’s presence in the city and determines to acquire him for the collection at the Natural History Museum.

    The two storylines come together satisfyingly for the finale, prompting the requisite neatly packaged message about makeshift families and love conquering all, but done with an admirably light touch.

    The movie is now being screened in Shenzhen.

    (SD-Agencies)

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