Paddington Saturday, 21 September 2019


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: General.

  • The pitch:

    When it paws.

  • Starring:

    Ben Whishaw (voice), Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, Madeleine Harris, Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Samuel Joslin

  • Directed by:

    Paul King

  • Running time:

    95 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), PG (UK), NR (USA)


    Characters are shot with tranquiliser darts, pin-pricked, thrown through the air, near-crushed, near-incinerated, knocked, shoved, slapped, hit with objects, pickpocketed, bound, hung upside down, kidnapped, attacked by birds. Characters fall down stairs. Knife thrown. Objects smashed/knocked over/thrown. Home destroyed. Property damage, explosions, theft. Thieves, murderers, pickpockets mentioned. Reference to Kindertransport/World War II. Blood/gore: Boy in hospital bed, bandaged leg. Medical instruments seen.


    Shirtless man (photograph). Cross-dressing.


    People sedated (tranquiliser darts). Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, shots). Intoxication. Pipe.


    Family/London stereotypes. Religious reference.


    Paddington bear, family, home, trust, discovery, travel, invention, London, Peru, marmalade, geography, rain, the Underground, languages, taxidermy, immigration, xenophobia.


    Deceased uncle/father (presumed). Deceased parents, deceased father mentioned. Bears, scorpion, dog, butterfly, crows, pigeons, monkey. Taxidermy animals. Plane, earthquake, thunder, lightning. Ear wax, spitting, lickijng, saliva, manure, toilet, power blackout. Based on the books by Michael Bond.


    Delightful, hilarious, touching, family friendly, whimsical, inventive, surprising, heart-filled, warm, witty, sweet, charming, simple, cuddly, thoughtful, triumphant, sharp, modern, fast, engaging, affirming. Lovable lead, silly jokes, storybook visuals, quirkily British, excellent vocal performance from Ben Whishaw, no product placement, no outlandish score, brief cameo from Michael Bond.


    Slow-motion slapstick, schematic finish, odd sub-plot between Millicent and Mr Curry.

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