Beloved bear Paddington gets the big-screen treatment in this family film adapted from Michael Bond's enduring children's book series. As the story opens, Peruvian bear Paddington (voice of Ben Whishaw) makes his way to the big city, where he quickly gets lost until being taken in by the benevolent Brown family. Meanwhile, as the curious cub settles into his new life of domestic bliss, a scheming museum taxidermist embarks on a personal mission to get him stuffed and mounted. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent star in a film featuring Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman.~Jeremy Wheeler
The story might be a paint-by-numbers "Fish-out-of-water" tale. But beyond that, Paddington does everything right. And yes, it's really a Wes Anderson flick disguised as a children s book adaptation. It's all there: Technical precision (symmetry shots), offbeat (visual) humor and musical choices, (Even the film's score is Anderson-y), random anecdotes, a dollhouse shot, headgear fetish, family centered plot, and a general retro-vibe, make this one of the more interesting children's movies in years.