Released: January 16, 2015
Everyone’s favorite marmalade-loving bear made his way to the big screen in 2015’s adaptation. Despite early stills of the titular bear seeming soulless and creepy, the final creation is a warm protagonist. Paddington Bear (Ben Whishaw) is a young Peruvian bear who travels to London after his parents are lost. He finds himself taken in by a kind family which includes a kooky Mother (Sally Hawkins) and a stern Father (Hugh Bonneville). It is not long until he is hunted by Millicent (Nicole Kidman), a zookeeper looking for her latest trophy. The colors pop throughout the production design and costumes. The film is an easy joy ride that never lets up on the whimsy. Its BAFTA nomination for screenplay may be a bit of a stretch. However, the film has its heart and its creativity in the right place. What more can you ask of a family film?