I grew up on Paddington Bear stories. As a child of the 1980’s, this is perfectly normal, although I never quite realized why I love that bear so much. It wasn’t until I was much older that I began to realize I had a natural inclination to things British. I guess you could say that I identify as having been British in a former life.
It is with this in mind that I recently watched ‘Paddington’. Be it the title characters love of marmalade, his silly hat or his soon to be acquired jacket, this really felt like the realization of the Paddington that I grew up with.
From the very opening, ‘Paddington’ felt exactly as it should. Even with the slight alterations to the main character’s back story, this film solidly nailed the pure essence of the stories that have been told about not just Paddington Bear himself, but his adopted family of the Brown’s as well.
The overall tone of ‘Paddington’ was very British in all of its glory and as a result will go into our Saturday Evening Family Film night rotation, and that tells you just how much I enjoyed this film.
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