Paddington movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There’s no doubt that all the young children, older kids, teens, adults and grandparents will find Paddington an entertaining and funny comedy. At times, it’s heartfelt and there are great family themes.


In search of a new home, a young talking bear travels to London on a boat where he meets and stays with the Brown family. But he finds himself in trouble when a taxidermist from the Natural History Museum wants to capture the bear and stuff him.

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Movie details

Director: Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi
Writer: Paul King
Release Date (Australia): 11 December 2014
Runtime: 95 minutes/1h 35m
Genre: Family, Comedy, Adventure
Country: UK, France
Language: English


Themes (G)

The film contains sequences that feature sense of threat and peril, in addition to thematic elements including death, instances of crude humour and an earthquake.

Violence (G)

The film contains scenes of very mild slapstick violence.

Coarse Language (G)

The film includes a brief use of the word “bloody”.

mpaa rating

PG (for mild action and rude humor)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Paul King knows exactly how to execute the live action version of the book, all whilst being extremely heartfelt, fun and delightful for families. Paddington! There’s just no doubt anywhere that this is the adventurous family comedy that’ll be followed up with plenty of revisits from children, both as school and home selected movies.

There’s no one who can sit suitably behind the voice of the polite talking bear like Ben Whishaw, who’s almost unrecognisable. Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville are the perfect fits for Mr. and Mrs. Brown, and within the family messages of this story, Mrs. Brown is delighted to welcome Paddington into their home, but Mr. Brown doesn’t share the same opinion. By the end, this is a family adventure-comedy about family, and it’s a sweet theme.

The story focuses on Paddington, the Browns, and also features the sense of threat delivered by Nicole Kidman’s appealing antagonist. It’s also fun to get to see the hilarious comedian Matt Lucas as a cab driver. But aside from the themes, humour and characters, Paddington is very entertaining and remarkably paced.

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