My friends and I watched Paddington over the weekend. It's based on a series of children's books by Michael Bond.
After an earthquake destroys his home in the Peruvian jungle, a little bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) travels to London to look for a new home. The Brown family find him in Paddington Station. They give him a name, and offer him temporary lodging.
Paddington and the Brown family (headed by Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey and Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine) spend the next several days trying to adjust to each other. Unbeknownst to them, a museum taxidermist named Millicent (Nicole Kidman), aided by a smalltime thief (Peter Capaldi, Dr. Who), wants to capture Paddington and put him on display in the museum.
Lilly Faye: I thought this movie was quite sweet, and very well done.
Dizzie: Oh, come on, Boss! Where was the tension? Nobody believes a cute creature with soft brown fur, expressive eyes, and a big nose is going to come to any real harm in a movie like this.
Alfie Cat: Watch it, Big Guy. You almost stepped in some broken glass.
Lilly Faye: I thought Nicole Kidman made a very convincing villainess. Of course, this is a family-friendly movie, so there was no graphic violence. There were plenty of laughs, though, and I loved the scenes of London.
Dizzie: I liked the scenes with the orange marmalade, Paddington's favorite food.
Lilly Faye: Speaking of food, I'd like to thank my boyfriend, Frank, for making our movie night dinner. Please tell our readers what you made, Frank.
Mr. Frank: Since Paddington is a quintessentially British story, I thought our meal should be British, as well. I made Toad in the Hole, which is sausages and a savory, puffy, baked batter. I cooked sliced apples and red onions with the sausages.
Alfie Cat: But you cooked the sausages and the batter in two separate pans, Frank. So technically, your toad wasn't in the hole.
Mr. Frank: It all ended up in the same place.
Mr. Frank: I made an English Bread and Butter Pudding for dessert. It has more butter, but a lot less sugar than a typical American Bread Pudding. I served it with vanilla ice cream.
Dizzie: Your dessert was good, Frank. But Bread and Butter Pudding should be served with a proper English Custard. Try to remember the custard, next time.
Lilly Faye: Alfie, you didn't eat as much as usual.
Alfie Cat: The last toad I ate didn't set too well.
Dizzie: You know he's not talking about a sausage, right?
Lilly Faye: You can watch the official Paddington theatrical trailer by clicking here.
Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani wrote the Paddington theme song, "Shine." It's very catchy! You can watch the music video for "Shine" by clicking here.
Lilly Faye: Time to rate the movie, boys!
Dizzie: One Paw Up! It's a kid's movie.
Mr. Frank: Two Paws Up! Take it from me, an English Bulldog, you'll love Paddington.
Alfie Cat: Two Paws Up! I thought Nicole Kidman was deliciously villainous.
Lilly Faye: Two Paws Up! I loved everything about it, especially the gorgeous scenes of London, and of course, Paddington, himself!
Paddington is an excellent movie that will lift the spirits of both the young and the young at heart. It is rated PG. (Parents of very young children should use their own discretion.)