Ignore all the poor advertising this film received for Paddington is a blast! While the first two trailers for this film were just cringe worthy, the third trailer wasn't. Instead, it showed us the entire movie (and for that reason, I've embedded one of the not-so entertaining trailers after this review). I went into Paddington with neither high expectations, nor low ones. I went in open minded. I'm happy to say that I came out feeling rather pleasant and with a smile on my face. Ben Whishaw, the voice of Paddington, suits the role rather well, providing a talented voice performance and one that actually sounds like Paddington. For that, let's just be thankful that Colin Ferrel decided to pass on the role. Despite being a decent actor, he's not one to play a friendly bear with an addiction to marmalade.
There are some truly heartwarming and heartbreaking moments in Paddington. It's a film that not only pleases young ones and adults alike, but it's also a film that has a rather large heart. Paddington knows how to crack a smile and, on occasion, even a belly laugh of two. It's a sweet and thoughtful movie, even with a few moments that are possibly too dark for children to understand. Oh well, I'm sure they'll still have a ball, despite probably not knowing what Nicole Kidman's character is all about. Well, aside from the fact that she's evil.
Anyways, Paddington is the reason I love going to see family friendly films. While there have been animations that are more enjoyable this year, making a kids film that's not only good, but great, and most certainly worth buying on blu-ray, is something I don't find too often. There's a couple, sure, but there's not one that will probably end up being as rewatchable as Paddington will be. It's a fun time at the movies no matter how big or small your screen is. My rating is there, but I never implore anyone to base whether or not they should see a movie on how high I rate a film. Decide on what I say, not my rating. After all, I gave Nympohmaniac a higher rating and I'm not telling you to rush out and see that. Watch Paddington instead.