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Rated PG · 95 min. · 2014

Animation, Family

More than 50 years ago, a fictional Peruvian bear named Paddington appeared in English children's literature. With his clumsiness, his unnatural love of marmalade and his desperately sweet desire to find a home among strangers, he was the natural successor to Winnie the Pooh. In Paul King's new film adaptation, Paddington is a miraculous vision made with a blend of CGI and animatronics, brought to life by the dulcet tones of Ben Whishaw's voice acting. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters have fun thumbing their noses at England's national character as members of the Brown family who lend Paddington their help. Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman (as the dreaded taxidermist after Peruvian bear hide) maniacally throws herself off the cliff of self-aggrandizing villainy. She is the live-action answer to Despicable Me's Gru, minus any hope for redemption. Paddington has just the right amount of this slapstick exaggeration and, also, visual splendor: Young Jonathan Brown's bedroom, awash in warm glows while toys spin about, is a dazzling spectacle for children and a nostalgic one for adults.

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Director: Paul King
Writer: Michael Bond and Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin and Tim Downie





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