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Paddington 2014
PG

  • Paul King
  • January 16, 2015
  • 95 mins
  • English
  • Comedy
The Adventure Begins
A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist...

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While really cute and sometimes funny, the characters were just too flat and the overall story and villain were a bit too cheesy. I was bored throughout the last half especially, which is odd since that's when the action really picked up . . .

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While the bear himself, exudes a few moments of emotional charm, the movie itself seems basically devoid of anything but a few prop humor jokes. The few prop humor jokes weren't enough to keep my child entertained though. Kidman seemed like a flat, bored 'villain,' the family is undeveloped in the movie, and exist simply to push the story along. Did finish watching the movie, but didn't want to continue after the first half. Dry, unemotional, trite movie.

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A surprisingly warm and soulful family film, that doesn't get bogged down with questions like "Why is there a talking bear?". With throwback to classic family films like Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, don't be surprised if you see this on TV VERY often in the next few years.

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